Perry will meet Museum members and visitors and speak about baseball, music and the meaning of greatness
CLEVELAND (July 30, 2008) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Gaylord Perry on Monday, August 4. The Cleveland Indians legend will visit the Rock Hall for a special afternoon exclusive for Museum members and visitors and a tour of the Take Me Out: Baseball Rocks exhibit in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Exhibition Hall.
At 1 p.m., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in an intimate dialogue with Perry led by the Rock Hall in the Fourth Floor Theater. Seating in the Theater is limited and advance reservations are required. Rock Hall members will receive priority seating and a limited number of seats are available to ticketed museum visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Perry will speak about his career and what it takes to be a Hall of Famer, as well as share his thoughts and insight into the connections between America’s Pastime and rock and roll.
During his tenure as a professional pitcher, few baseball players imitated a career like Perry’s. He began his Major League pitching career in 1962, achieving some of baseball’s most significant milestones with his 3,534 strikeouts and winning 314 games, including 39 percent win of all wins for the Cleveland Indians while on the team’s roster. A five-time All-Star, he was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league, attaining the first with the Indians in 1972 and six years later with the San Diego Padres. He stood as the only Cleveland Cy Young winner for 35 years until CC Sabathia won the award in 2007.
In addition to the Indians and Padres, Perry also pitched for the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. After 22 years of setting records and baffling hitters and umpires (Perry was frequently accused of doctoring baseballs), he retired with a 3.10 lifetime ERA in 1983 from the Giants; the same team he was signed with when he pitched his famous no-hitter 15 years before. Following his impressive career, Perry was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Advanced reservations are required for this special afternoon with one of baseball’s legendary players. To reserve your space or for more information on how to become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, please call the Museum’s Membership Manager, Doug Hutchinson, at (216) 515-1939.
About Take Me Out: Baseball Rocks!
Take Me Out: Baseball Rocks! is devoted to the many connections between America’s most popular music form and its national pastime. The exhibit celebrates baseball as a pop-culture phenomenon through displays of sheet music, sports memorabilia, records and film. It will also include listening stations stocked with early recordings and will include displays on baseball-associated songs from “I Love Mickey,” Teresa Brewer’s 1956 Mickey Mantle tribute, to the Seattle Mariners/New York Mets anthem “Who Let the Dogs Out?” (Baha Men, 2000). A second area covers the early to mid 20th century and focuses on musical tributes to Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Larry Doby, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and entire teams such as the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees. In addition, the exhibit includes artifacts related to baseball players who were also musicians, like the Milwaukee Braves’ Lee Maye, who enjoyed a successful career as an R&B singer in the mid-Fifties. Rock and roll references to baseball, from Chuck Berry’s “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” to John Fogerty’s “Centerfield,” are also be featured.
Baseball Rocks! is made possible by the generous support of the Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball Charities and is open through Sunday, September 28, 2008.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit http://www.rockhall.com .