1973 : Gaylord vs. Gaylord (Sibling Rivalry)

July 3, 2024 all-day

On July 3, 1973, Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Perry started against the Indians in Cleveland. Except that Cleveland’s starter was his brother, Gaylord Perry.

This was the first time in American League history that brothers started against each. However, this was not the first time that athletes in the 1970s looked like they were in their 50s.

Fortunately, the Detroit Tigers won that evening 5-4 although neither pitcher received the decision.

Originally posted by Will, Founder, “Today in Michigan History: Sibling Rivalry Tigers Style“, Mitten State Blog, July 3, 2018.

More trivia:  Jim and Gaylord Perry are the only brothers to have both won the Cy Young Pitching Award, with Gaylord winning it twice.  Jim can take solace in that he has a baseball stadium named after him at Campbell University in North Carolina where he played one year before leaving for a 17 year major league campaign.   He was also an inaugeral member of the Campbell University Baseball Hall of Fame.   Gaylord on the other hand is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame despite the fact that that the spitball was part of his arsenal.  When he co-wrote his autobiography in the 1970s, he even titled it Me and the Spitter.

Jim Perry wikipedia entry

Gaylord Perry wikipedia entry