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In 1972, Gaylord Perry switched teams - and leagues - for the first time and snagged the first of his two Cy Young awards after leading the junior circuit with 24 wins and 29 complete games with a sparkling 1.92 ERA. Each of these 19 baseballs was saved by Perry from that season with the Cleveland Indians, 17 of which are last-out balls from wins, and another one comes from his first American League save (April 30 at KC), when he was called in to pitch the 16th inning. Another is the ball he used for his 200th strikeout of the season (a loss to Detroit on August 13). All are official American League (Cronin) baseballs and show use. Each is notated and dated on the sweet spots in Perry's own hand with vintage pen. Among the other noteworthy specimens are: a 2-hitter thrown on August 1 vs. Baltimore, season win number 21 from September 17 at Boston, career win number 150 thrown on July 19 v. KC, season win number 24 - an 11-inning victory on October 1 at Yankee Stadium. Fascinating fodder from a fantastic year!
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