Mr. Peters was nice enough to return by ball back to me in 9 days. He also added his “1963 AL ROY” and “All-Star 64 & 67”. This ball adds to my ever growing ROY collection. Thanks to Mr. Peters for a great signed ball!!
Peters led the American League pitchers in earned run average twice while with the White Sox, with a teammate finishing runner-up both years. In his rookie season of 1963 his 2.33 ERA edged out Juan Pizarro’s 2.39; in 1966 his 1.98 ERA was nearly a half-run ahead of Joe Horlen’s 2.43. The latter led the league in earned run average in 1967 at 2.06; Peters was second at 2.28.
Peters was also one of the best hitting pitchers of his era, with 19 career home runs, and a .222 career batting average. He was used occasionally as a pinch hitter, even winning a game with a pinch hit home run on one occasion. 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.