Gary Peters (baseball)

Gary Charles Peters (born April 21, 1937) is an American former professional baseball player. He was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played on two major league teams for 14 seasons, from 1959 through 1972. He was one of the best-hitting pitchers of his era.

Gary Peters
Gary Peters 1965
Peters in 1965
Born: April 21, 1937 (age 82)
Grove City, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 10, 1959, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1972, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–Loss record124–103
Earned run average3.25
Career highlights and awards

Major league baseball

The Chicago White Sox drafted Peters as an amateur free agent in 1956 after he graduated from Grove City College. After four brief call-ups, he got a pitching job on the White Sox in 1963, winning 19 games (19-8) and the American League Rookie of the Year Award. A left-handed pitcher, he led the American League in earned run average in 1963 and 1966, with the most wins in 1964, and led in fielding average as a pitcher in 1968. He stayed in the White Sox organization through the 1969 season and was traded to the Boston Red Sox, where he spent the last three years of his playing career.

Peters was named to the American League All-Star roster in 1964 and 1967, and finished in the top 10 in the Most Valuable Player voting in 1963, 1964, and 1967.[1] He had a .222 lifetime batting average and hit 19 home runs. He was frequently used as a pinch-hitter, once winning a game with a pinch-hit home run. 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. He was also used as a pinch-runner.

Chicago White Sox All-Century Team

On September 30, 2000, the Chicago White Sox announced that Gary Peters and 26 other former and active White Sox players were members of the Chicago White Sox All-Century Team.

Major League stats

Years Games W L IP CG R ER SO ERA Fld%
14 359 124 103 2081 79 847 751 1420 3.25 .966

MLB awards

  • American League All-Star (1964, 1967)
  • American League Rookie of the Year (1963)

MLB achievements

  • American League leader in ERA (1963, 1966)
  • American League leader in wins (1964)
  • American League leader in fielding average as pitcher (1968)
  • American League pennant team (1959)
  • 20-game winner (1964)
  • Chicago White Sox All-Century Team (2000)

See also


  1. ^ "Gary Peters". Retrieved 2009-04-26.

External links

Gary Peters (disambiguation)

Gary Peters (born 1958) is a U.S. Senator for Michigan.

Gary Peters may also refer to:

Gary Peters (baseball) (born 1937), American Major League Baseball pitcher

Gary Peters (footballer) (born 1954), English footballer and manager

Grove City, Pennsylvania

Grove City is a borough in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, United States, located approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of Pittsburgh and 75 miles (121 km) south of Erie. It is the home of Grove City College, a private conservative Christian liberal arts college; General Electric; Instron;

and a number of small businesses. It is also the home to George Junior Republic, an all-boys institution. GJR serves to house, school, and treat 400 boys from troubled backgrounds. Historically a traditional industrial center, Grove City has manufactured locomotive engines, carriages, gas engines, foundry products, and motor trucks. The nearby Grove City Premium Outlets take their name from Grove City.

At the 2010 census, the population was 8,322. Grove City is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Peters (surname)

Peters is a patronymic surname (Peter's son) of Dutch, English and Low German origin. It can also be an English translation of Gaelic Mac Pheadair (same meaning) or an Americanized form of cognate surnames like Peeters or Pieters..


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