Thursday, February 16, 2012

1961 TOPPS JIM PERRY

NO FANCY STITCHED NAME ON HIS GLOVE.
THE SWITCH-HITTER BATTED .199 WITH 5 HRs, 59 RBI LIFETIME.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Another card from my brother's collection.
  • This is Jim Perry's third, this one coming from the ho-hum '61 set.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Always like the verb "spun'' when describing pitching.
  • Jimbo's innings really took a leap in '60 and the wins followed. 
  • Went 10-17 in '61 with a 2.71 ERA.
  • The ball in the last frame of the cartoon looks like it was thrown in frame one through the tank gun in frame two and at the terrified bird in frame three. PETA has held marches in protest of this card.

PHOTO PLAY

  • He's doing one of those goofy pre-programmed pitching poses I love.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Jim and Hall of Fame brother Gaylord Perry have the second-most victories (529) behind the Niekroes (539). 
  • After his 18-win '60 season, Jim Perry kind of struggled until '69. Then with the Twins, he went 20-6 with a 2.82 ERA and finishing third in the Cy Young voting. He topped that season in '70, winning the Cy with a league-leading 24 victories. 
  • Beginning in '69, Perry averaged 18 wins for the next six seasons.

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