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Perry leads Indians' 2012 Hall of Fame class

Perry leads Indians' 2012 Hall of Fame class

Perry leads Indians' 2012 Hall of Fame class
CLEVELAND -- The Indians' Hall of Fame will have three new members this summer.

On Friday, Cleveland announced that it will induct right-hander Gaylord Perry into the team's Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Aug. 11 before the Tribe's game against the Red Sox. The organization will also induct Jim Warfield and Jack Graney into the club's Distinguished Hall of Fame for non-uniformed personnel.

The Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame was established in 1951 to honor athletes who made a significant impact during their playing careers with the ballclub. Eligible players include those who spent at least three seasons with the team and have been retired for at least one year.

The team's Hall of Famers, which currently number 43 individuals, are recognized in Heritage Park, which is located behind the center-field wall at Progressive Field.

Perry, who spent the 1972-75 seasons with the Indians, is already a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both the National and American Leagues. In 1972, he won the award after a standout year with the Tribe.

Perry won 24 games and posted a 1.92 ERA with 234 strikeouts during the '72 season. In his three-plus seasons with Cleveland, the right-hander went 70-57 with a 2.51 ERA. Perry made the All-Star team twice while with the Indians.

Warfield and Graney posthumously join owners Bill Veeck and Dick Jacobs, as well as former general manager and scout Cy Slapnicka, as the only members of the team's Distinguished Hall of Fame.

Warfield worked as an athletic trainer for the Indians from 1965 until his death in 2002, beginning his stay in the organization with the Double-A affiliate before serving as the Indians' head athletic trainer from 1971-96. He then worked as an assistant athletic trainer until 2002.

Warfeld was named an American League athletic trainer for the 1981 and 1997 All-Star Games. He was also named the "Trainer of the Year" in 1992 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

Graney began his career with the Indians as a left fielder and leadoff man from 1908-22. He led the American League in doubles in 1916, led the league in walks twice and played on Cleveland's 1920 World Series championship squad. Graney became the first player to enter a broadcast booth when he returned to the Indians as a play-by-play man from 1933-53.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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