Herbert Edward Perry, Jr. (born September 15, 1969) is an American former college and professional baseball player who was an infielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) for all or part of nine season during the 1990s and 2000s. Perry played college baseball for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers of MLB.
Perry at Progressive Field in 2015
|Born: September 15, 1969|
Live Oak, Florida
|May 3, 1994, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 10, 2004, for the Texas Rangers|
|Runs batted in||246|
Perry was born in Live Oak, Florida in 1969. He attended Lafayette High School in Mayo, Florida, and played high school football and baseball for the Lafayette Hornets high school teams. Perry also was a FFA member for Lafayette high schools FFA chapter.
Perry accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Joe Arnold's Florida Gators baseball team from 1988 to 1991, and was also a quarterback for coach Galen Hall's Gators football team in 1987 and 1988. Perry was a key member of the Gators' first-ever College World Series teams in 1988 and 1991. He led the team with a .370 batting average in 1989. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in agricultural operations management in 1991.
Perry hit twenty-two home runs in 2002 for the Texas Rangers; he only hit twenty-eight previous home runs in seven years total, though on limited playing time. Twelve of those came in 2000 with the Chicago White Sox. Perry was affectionately known as Herbert "The Milkman" Perry by Chicago White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson. Injuries shortened his major league career to only nine seasons. He retired from baseball with a career batting average of .272.
Life after the Major LeaguesEdit
Perry currently resides in the town of Mayo, Florida and manages a pre cast septic tank business, He has two sons, 2 daughters- one of which is adopted: Ethan, Drew, Gabrielle and Olivia. Perry and his wife, Sheila, adopted daughter Olivia from Ukraine in 2009.
He is the older brother of MLB utility player Chan Perry.
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 85, 99, 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.