Pete Ward

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Peter Thomas Ward

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Biographical Information[edit]

Known for his unorthodox batting stance, Pete Ward played nine seasons in the majors and was the Chicago White Sox's starting third baseman for much of the 1960s.

The son of Jim Ward, who played in the NHL for eleven seasons, Pete grew up in Portland, Oregon, after his father moved there following World War II to coach hockey. He was born in Montreal, QC, but his date of birth is in dispute; it may have been 1935. After attending Lewis & Clark College, he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization in 1958. In 1960, he hit .345 for the Fox Cities Foxes to lead the Three-I League, and with the Rochester Red Wings two years later, he paced the International League with 34 doubles before earning a late season call-up with the Orioles in 1962.

Prior to the 1963 season, Ward was traded to the White Sox as part of the deal that sent Luis Aparicio to the O's. He was the Opening Day third baseman for the Sox and went on to put together an 18-game hitting streak in June, before ending the year with a .295 average, 22 home runs, and 84 RBIs. He was runner-up to teammate Gary Peters for the 1963 American League Rookie of the Year Award and won The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award that season.

In his second season with the Sox, Ward hit 23 homers (including 3 grand slams) and finished sixth in American League Most Valuable Player voting. However, in 1965, he suffered a neck injury in a car accident, and the following year, he struggled with a back injury. He returned with 18 home runs in 1967 but had lost his regular position and was moved around between first base, third base, and the outfield. Following the 1969 season, he was traded to the New York Yankees for pitcher Mickey Scott, and he ended his big league career after playing the 1970 season in New York.

Following his playing days, Ward managed in the minors and was a coach for the Atlanta Braves in 1978.

As of 2006, Ward is one of only two major league players to play come out of Lewis & Clark College (Justin Baughman is the other).

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1972 Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 64-65 7th New York Yankees
1973 Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 67-72 7th New York Yankees
1974 Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 82-49 1st New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1975 West Haven Yankees Eastern League 66-71 4th New York Yankees
1976 West Haven Yankees Eastern League 80-59 2nd New York Yankees League Champs
1977 Syracuse Chiefs International League 70-70 5th New York Yankees
1980 Iowa Oaks American Association 32-42 -- Chicago White Sox -- replaced by Sam Ewing (27-35) on June 30
1981 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 72-65 3rd (t) Pittsburgh Pirates

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