Article by Steve Corlew-
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, who passed away at the age of 84, December 1st, had a local connection. A Henderson Countian once caught for him in the big leagues.
Perry also visited Lexington, attending a baseball card show sponsored by the Lexington Baseball Boosters Club.
The late Neil Wilson was a catcher for Perry when they both played in the Texas League at Corpus Christi in 1959.
I interviewed Wilson in May 1982 when Perry was going for his 300th career win against the New York Yankees. At age 43, Perry was pitching for the Seattle Mariners as they defeated the Yankees 7-3 to give Perry the win. At the time, he became the 15th pitcher to win 300 games in his career.
Nine years later, Wilson was able to bring a retired Perry to meet locals at the Lexington High School cafeteria. Many still recall meeting the major leaguer.
While here he gladly reunited with a former catcher, met fans, and signed autographs. He also recalled his years as a major league pitcher.
Perry was known as a character and for his spitball. He was also the one that confiscated…
For complete coverage, see the December 7th edition of The Lexington Progress.