Pete Treece

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Eurice William Treece

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Pete Treece began his career with the 1946 Mount Airy Graniteers, going 13-9 with a 4.08 ERA and leading the Blue Ridge League with 92 earned runs allowed. He improved to 20-12, 3.91 the next season and led the BRL in victories. In '48, Treece kept getting better, going 16-10 with a 2.51 ERA; he was third in the league in victories and either first or second in ERA. The 1949 season was his fourth in a row with the Graniteers and he had a 21-8, 3.01 campaign, leading the circuit in wins for a second time.

In 1950, Pete worked for the Hickory Rebels (4-8, 5.51) and the Morganton Aggies (7-4, 4.38). For Morgantown in '51, the moundsman had a 25-10, 3.30 year. He led the Western Carolina League in victories, by a margin of 5, and was in the top five in ERA. In six pro seasons, he had led his loop in wins three times.

In 1952, he went 14-12, 2.63 for Morgantown and was second in the WCL in strikeouts (169) and fourth in ERA. He also went 4-0 for the Charlotte Hornets (his ERA was 2.15). In '53, he was 9-7 with a 4.08 ERA for Charlotte and got no decisions for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, with a 11.25 ERA in his only brief glimpse of that level of play.

Treece went 26-15 for the Rock Hill Chiefs in 1954 with a 3.64 ERA and, for the fourth time in his career, had the most victories in his league. Amazingly, he also led the Tri-State League in losses. In '55, he was 0-1 for Charlotte and 17-9, 3.78 for Rock Hill. He had a fifth win title. He finished his career with the 1956 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms, going 3-6 with a 4.06 ERA.

Overall, Pete Treece was 179-111 in his professional baseball career.

Personal Remembrance[edit]

Eurice "Pete" Treece was a veteran pitcher on the 1955 Rock Hill Chiefs of the Class B Tri-State League. He was a stocky athlete of about average height (or just below) as I remember him, as I also was a right handed pitcher on the team. Pete led the team in victories with about 15, even though the Chiefs were a last place team. I believe he had pitched for the Class A Charlotte team ("Hornets ?") previously, and for several other teams during his career. He was a right-handed pitcher, and significantly, had only one eye. Despite this handicap, Pete was very effective as a successful pitcher. He was a mature pitcher in 1955 and had good poise on the mound. He was an intelligent pitcher with a good hard fastball, and I think he had good control of his pitches, as I remember. I think that when he was younger, he would have been considered a power pitcher. Pete was also a "workhorse" and could pitch many innings. I believe his hometown was Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Pete was very competitive, and liked to pitch and win, I think, for his entire career. Pete played many years in the minor leagues, and I do not know whether he ever pitched in the major leagues. When I knew him in Rock Hill, the team had a working arrangement with the Washington Senators.

Submitted by Bill O'Donnell (User:Pitcher53)