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Gary Peters

Gary Peters

Position(s):
P
Born:
April 21, 1937
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Left
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
200 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-10-1959 with CHA
Allstar Selections:
1963 ROOK

After four brief call-ups with the White Sox, Peters was AL Rookie of the Year in 1963 with a 19-8 mark and league-leading 2.33 ERA. He followed with a 20-8 season in 1964, but arm miseries struck. He rebounded with a second ERA title in 1966 (1.98) and 16 wins in 1967 and again in 1970 after he'd been dealt to the Red Sox.

A good-hitting pitcher (.222 with 19 homers), he was often used as a pinch hitter. On May 26, 1968, manager Eddie Stanky batted him sixth in the order, ahead of Luis Aparicio, Duane Josephson, and Tim Cullen.

Biography:
Gary Charles Peters (born April 21, 1937 in Grove City, Pennsylvania) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. The Chicago White Sox drafted Peters as an amateur free agent in 1956 after he graduated from Grove City College. He joined the major league club for keeps in 1963 and proceeded to win Rookie of the Year honors that year. He stayed in the White Sox organization until 1969, when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for the last three years of his career. He was selected to the All-Star Game in 1964 and 1967, and finished in the top 10 in the Most Valuable Player voting in 1963, 1964 and 1967.

Peters led the American League pitchers in earned run average twice while with the White Sox, with a teammate finishing runner-up both years. In his rookie season of 1963 his 2.33 ERA edged out Juan Pizarro's 2.39; in 1966 his 1.98 ERA was nearly a half-run ahead of Joe Horlen's 2.43. The latter led the league in earned run average in 1967 at 2.06; Peters was second at 2.28.

Peters was also one of the best hitting pitchers of his era, with 19 career home runs, and a .222 career batting average. He was used occasionally as a pinch hitter, even winning a game with a pinch hit home run on one occasion. On May 5, 1968, Peters hit a grand slam in Comiskey Park, helping the White Sox to a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees.

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