Mother’s Day moments preserved at Hall of Fame
Since Mother’s Day originated in 1907, arguably the baseball moment that has gained the most emotional acclaim on the special date has been the 2010 Dallas Braden perfect game. But there have been numerous events in the sport’s past, both poignant and historic, that have made the time appointed for the honoring mothers even more memorable.
In 1974, Jim and Gaylord Perry, a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 1991, were pitching stars with the Cleveland Indians. Teammates for the first time since they both toed the rubber for the 1955 Williamston (N.C.) High School baseball team, the pair in ‘74 combined for 38 wins, the 38-year-old Jim finishing 17-12, while Gaylord, 35, went 21-13.
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“It's always rough on me whether I'm pitching or out on a fishing boat somewhere,” Braden said. “I struggle with these days, but on this day it's nice to be able to do this, and it's dedicated to the sacrifices two extremely strong women made to get me here today. In this life my grandmother was here to see it, and in her next life my mother was here as well.”
Braden’s grandmother added she was overcome with emotion as she embraced her grandson after the game.
“I was just feeling a whole lot of pride, and thinking his mom should have been there and how proud she would be if she was here to share this with us," she said. "Everybody is so proud of Dallas, and he's just an amazing young man. He makes us proud, he's a good person and he loves what he does. He loves baseball, and he's good at it."
Bill Francis is the senior research and writing specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum