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Gary Peters

WSI's Sox Fans' Hall of Fame

Gary Peters
Pitcher.  Chicago White Sox, 1959-1969.
Batted:  left.  Threw:  left.
Born:  4/21/37, Grove City, Pennslyvania.

 

  • 1963 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • Won 19 games in 1963, including eleven straight victories in his first major league season.
  • Led the 1964 staff with 20 wins, a team whose 98 wins was the most achieved by the Sox since the 1917 team won 100 enroute to the world championship.
  • Led American League in ERA in 1963 (2.33) and 1966 (1.98).
  • Twice achieved over 200 strike outs, 1964 (205), and 1967 (215).
  • Held opposition batters to .199 batting average and 6.47 hits/9 innings to lead the American League in 1967.
  • Selected to the American League all-star team in 1964 and 1967.
  • 3.25 lifetime ERA.  1,098 career strike outs is club's fifth-best all-time.
  • A converted first basemen and excellent batter, often used as a pinch hitter.  Eddie Stanky onced batted him sixth in the Sox line up ahead of catcher Duane Josephson, second basemen Tim Cullen, and shortstop Louie Aparicio.
  • One of the greatest Sox pitchers in a decade of the finest Sox pitching since the dead ball era, the leading pitcher for the winningest Sox team since the 1917 world champions, his style compared to another famous Sox lefty of the previous decade -- Billy Pierce, the unforgettable grace and power of Gary Peters.

    Chosen by Sox fans as hall of fame starting pitcher.

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