Gary Charles Peters (born April 21, 1937 in Grove City, Pennsylvania) is a former American 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.
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 fielding average as 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. He had a .222 lifetime batting average and hit 19 home runs. He was frequently used as a pinch-hitter, once winning one 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 pitch-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
- American League All-Star (1964, 1967)
- American League Rookie of the Year (1963)
- 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)