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chisox5967
04-20-2012, 10:52 PM
75 for #43 Saturday April 21st.

Happy Birthday to the smooth delivery southpaw, Gary Peters.

During the 1967 AllStar Game, Peters was masterful hurling 3 perfect innings and retiring 5 future Hall of Famers: Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Bill Mazeroski and Fergie Jenkins. He K'd four including Mays, Clemente, Cepeda and R.Allen.

Thanks for the memories!

Nellie_Fox
04-20-2012, 11:56 PM
Terrific pitcher, and actually one of the better hitters on the team! I remember him pinch hitting from time to time.

Lip Man 1
04-21-2012, 12:17 AM
Hit if I remember correctly 18 home runs in his career. Stanky batted him 7th in the lineup one game against the Yankees.

Great pitcher, sneaky fast. My first Sox hero growing up. 20 game winner, three time All Star, threw two one hitters in his career including the first game I ever saw in person against Baltimore in 1963.

Lip

Nellie_Fox
04-21-2012, 01:10 AM
Hit if I remember correctly 18 home runs in his career. Stanky batted him 7th in the lineup one game against the Yankees.

Great pitcher, sneaky fast. My first Sox hero growing up. 20 game winner, three time All Star, threw two one hitters in his career including the first game I ever saw in person against Baltimore in 1963.

LipI just looked him up; 19 career homers, lifetime BA of .222 with a single-season high of .259 in '63, hit 4 homers in 120 AB in '64.

RCWHITESOX
04-21-2012, 01:12 AM
Several years ago I sent him a bat for his autograph and not only did he sign it he refused any payment and wrote me a nice letter about his time with the White Sox. Definitely a class guy.

TommyJohn
04-21-2012, 01:46 AM
Great pitcher, part of the glue that held that 1967 team together. If that team had any decent hitters, they might have run away with the AL pennant.

He is also the last Sox pitcher to hit a grand slam.

LITTLE NELL
04-21-2012, 05:29 AM
Great pitcher, part of the glue that held that 1967 team together. If that team had any decent hitters, they might have run away with the AL pennant.

He is also the last Sox pitcher to hit a grand slam.

That 67 pitching staff with Peters, Horlen and John as the big 3 starters was fantastic. What a shame the hitters were just horrible that year.

johnny bench
04-21-2012, 06:15 AM
He is also the last Sox pitcher to hit a grand slam.

That wasn't my first Sox game, but the first one that I distinctly remember, and it's because of that grand slam. This happened on May 5th, 1968 and was Bill Melton's second game in the major leagues.

Dan H
04-21-2012, 08:07 AM
During the mid-60's Peters had to be one of the best lefties in baseball. He was amazing in the 1967 All-Star game when he pitched three perfect innings with four strikeouts. Two of those K's were Willie Mays and Dick Allen. He's a class-act as well.

Dick Allen
04-21-2012, 08:18 AM
I remember one of his first baseball cards, may have been his rookie card, actually had a picture of JC Martin.

Peters and Juan Pizarro were two of the better hitters on the team. It's too bad they couldn't play in the outfield between starts.

Medford Bobby
04-21-2012, 08:34 AM
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Lip Man 1
04-21-2012, 11:44 AM
Nell:

If you thought the 67 staff was good you should have seen the 63-64 ones.

Lip

Paulwny
04-21-2012, 11:47 AM
He was one of the best.

cheezheadsoxfan
04-21-2012, 11:55 AM
One of my favorites, hope he's doing well. I remember him pitch hitting as well.

sox1970
04-21-2012, 12:11 PM
Nell:

If you thought the 67 staff was good you should have seen the 63-64 ones.

Lip

63-65 the Sox won 95, 98, and 94 games in a 10-team league.

Combined ERA for those 3 seasons: 2.90

63-68, team ERA: 2.76. How bad does the offense have to be to not come away with at least one pennant in that time?

Medford Bobby
04-21-2012, 12:53 PM
63-65 the Sox won 95, 98, and 94 games in a 10-team league.

Combined ERA for those 3 seasons: 2.90

63-68, team ERA: 2.76. How bad does the offense have to be to not come away with at least one pennant in that time?

Norm Cash's bat would have been nice all those years.....

Lip Man 1
04-21-2012, 01:14 PM
Sox 1970:

There were some pretty stout teams in the time period the Sox were going up against, the Yankees were still the Yankees and in 65 the Twins went crazy good.

Bobby:

Or Battey's or Callison's or Romano's (before they got him back in 65). Or for that matter the guys Bill Veeck wanted to get in those trades Bill White or Orlando Cepeda.

Lip

LITTLE NELL
04-21-2012, 04:17 PM
Nell:

If you thought the 67 staff was good you should have seen the 63-64 ones.

Lip

I did and a lot earlier than that.
I still think the 67 staff was the best since I became a Sox fan in the early 50's.

MikeW
04-21-2012, 09:49 PM
Gary Peters 75! man, do I feel old. Was at a game in 1967 in New York when Gary hit a 3run homer enroute to a 9-1 win.

LITTLE NELL
04-22-2012, 02:09 PM
Gary Peters 75! man, do I feel old. Was at a game in 1967 in New York when Gary hit a 3run homer enroute to a 9-1 win.

9 runs, that was an offensive explosion for that team.
I'll bet that there were not too many games that the Sox scored 9 or more runs that year. That team averaged 3.27 runs a game but they sure could pitch.