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Gaylord Perry remained as Cleveland's last 20-game winner (21 wins in 1974) until Cliff Lee in 2008. At Tacoma he led the Pacific Coast League in wins and inning pitched in 1961. Texas Rangers (1975–77)
On June 13 1975 at the start of a three-game series with the Texas Rangers the Indians traded Perry to the Rangers in exchange for pitchers Jim Bibby Jackie Brown and Rick Waits.
Like most pitchers Perry was not renowned for his hitting ability and in his sophomore season of 1963 his manager Alvin Dark is said to have joked "They'll put a man on the moon before he hits a home run. During a 22-year baseball career Perry compiled 314 wins 3534 strikeouts and a 3. " There are other variants on the story but either way on July 20 1969 just an hour after the Apollo 11 spacecraft carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon Perry hit the first home run of his career.