Today in Tribe History: January 8, 1991

Gaylord Perry, the Cleveland Indians’ first Cy Young Award winning pitcher, is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Perry will be joined in induction by a fellow 300-game winner, Ferguson Jenkins, and a member of the 3,000-hit club, Rod Carew.

Perry spent ten seasons with the San Francisco Giants before he was traded to Cleveland in November of 1971 with Frank Duffy for fellow pitcher Sam McDowell. Perry was an immediate success with the Tribe, winning the organization’s first Cy Young award in his first season with the club while posting a 24-16 record, a 1.92 ERA, and throwing 29 complete games. He would spend parts of just four seasons with the Indians before being dealt to the Texas Rangers. He later would win another Cy Young Award in 1978 with the National League’s San Diego Padres at the age of 40.

Also on this date in Tribe history:

1953 – The Indians announce that they have refused to schedule night games against the St. Louis Browns for the coming season. Both New York and Boston have shared a similar intent with former Cleveland owner and current owner of the St. Louis club, Bill Veeck. It was believed to have stemmed from a statement made by Veeck in December that he would keep his team off of television broadcasts in cities that refused to share with him a cut of the television receipts for the game.

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