Gary Peters

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Biographical Information[edit]

One of the best-hitting pitchers of his generation, Gary Peters was used regularly as a pinch hitter during his career. He homered in nine straight seasons, 1963-1971, something unmatched since.

On May 26, 1968, Peters started the first game of a doubleheader for the Chicago White Sox in Yankee Stadium and batted sixth in the order, ahead of Duane Josephson, Luis Aparicio, and Tim Cullen. He went 0-for-2.

Peters claimed that in his first year of pro ball J.C. Martin was the better prospect at first base, so Peters was put in the outfield. When some of the pitchers came up with sore arms, manager Skeeter Scalzi picked Peters to pitch because he "had a pretty strong arm in the outfield". He went on to say he had no curve or change-up, only a fastball [1].

He was originally signed by scout Fred Shaffer.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 1963 AL Rookie of the Year Award
  • 1963 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 2-time AL All-Star (1964 & 1967)
  • 2-time AL ERA Leader (1963 & 1966)
  • AL Wins Leader (1964)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1963, 1964, 1967 & 1970)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1964)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 7 (1963, 1964, 1966, 1967 & 1969-1971)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 2 (1964 & 1967)

AL Rookie of the Year
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