Hardy Peterson Stats

Hardy Peterson was born on Thursday, October 17, 1929, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Peterson was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 5, 1955, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Hardy Peterson baseball stats page.

"In 1957, there were 11,606 fans watching as Don Mueller scored the last run for the Giants at the Polo Grounds by besting Pirates catcher Hardy Peterson to score on a sacrifice fly by Dusty Rhodes . The Giants lost 9-1." - Author Ted Atlas in Candlestick Park (Ted Atlas. Arcadia Publishing. December 6, 2010)
Hardy Peterson

Harding Peterson Autograph on a 1958 Topps Baseball Card (#322 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1958top01' title='1958 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Harding Peterson Autograph on a 1958 Topps Baseball Card (#322 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Harding William Peterson
Nickname:
Hardy or Pete
Born On:
10-17-1929  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Year of Death Data Died On:
04-16-2019 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Union, New Jersey
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Perth Amboy High School (Perth Amboy, NJ)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
05-05-1955 (Age 25)
Last Game:
08-08-1959
Draft:
Not Applicable
Hardy Peterson

Hardy Peterson Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Hardy Peterson

Hardy Peterson Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1955 26 Pirates 32 81 7 20 6 0 1 0 10 7 1 7 2 1 1 3 .247 .311 .358
1957 28 Pirates 30 73 10 22 2 1 2 0 11 9 2 10 3 0 0 5 .301 .378 .438
1958 29 Pirates 2 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .429 .333
1959 30 Pirates 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
4 Years 66 161 17 44 8 1 3 0 21 17 3 17 5 1 1 8 .273 .344 .391
Hardy Peterson

Hardy Peterson Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1955 Pirates C 31 22 643 143 4.6 138 117 21 5 4 1 13 11 .965 5.79
1957 Pirates C 30 25 638 132 4.4 130 116 14 2 3 2 9 9 .985 5.50
1958 Pirates C 2 2 46 8 4.0 8 7 1 0 0 1 0 1 1.000 4.70
1959 Pirates C 2 0 15 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 7.20
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
C Totals 65 49 1,342 287 4.4 280 244 36 7 7 4 22 21 .976 5.63
4 Years 65 49 1,342 287 4.4 280 244 36 7 7 4 22 21 .976 5.63
Hardy Peterson

Hardy Peterson Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1955 Pirates 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 81.0 11.6 8.1 - - -
1957 Pirates 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 36.5 7.3 6.6 - - -
1958 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1959 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
4 Years 0 1 .000 2 0 n/a 53.7 9.5 7.7 - - -
Hardy Peterson

Hardy Peterson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1955 Pittsburgh Pirates 17 Undetermined - -
1957 Pittsburgh Pirates 17 Undetermined - -
1958 Pittsburgh Pirates 17 Undetermined - -
1959 Pittsburgh Pirates 20 Undetermined - -


Harding William Peterson was a Major League Baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1955, 1957-1959. Hardy, his nickname during his playing days, was commonly referred to as Pete after hanging up his cleats, when he served as General Manager for the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates !

Hardy Peterson Newspaper Clipping with Rutgers
Hardy Peterson | The Central New Jersey Home News | June 16, 1950
Did you know that Harding Peterson was a catcher with Rutgers University when they made it to the College World Series in 1950? In 1997, Hardy was inducted into the Scarlet Knights Hall of Fame? Their excellent Hall of Fame biography reads:

Peterson, the backstop for the 1950 Rutgers College World Series team, was a Second Team All-America selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association and a First Team District II choice that year as well.

Known for his defensive ability, Peterson made just two errors in 27 games in 1950 while hitting .276 (27-98), with 21 runs, 23 RBI (2nd on team), 4 doubles and 2 triples.

His best season as a collegian was in 1948, when he hit for a .312 average (10-32) in 1948 with 7 RBI and three doubles. In his three varsity seasons, Peterson led his teams to a combined 57-16-2 record, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 1950 College World Series.

Following his career at Rutgers, Peterson signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1950 but had his career interrupted by Korean War service. Following the war, Peterson played four years with the Pirates until a broken arm suffered in a home plate collision hastened his retirement.

A well-respected baseball man, Peterson spent over 30 years with the Pirates , including stints as a player (4 years), manager (9 years), farm director and scouting director. He was named VP for Player Personnel in 1976 and named Executive VP in 1979, and is possibly best known for the trade of C Manny Sanguillen to the Oakland A's for manager Chuck Tanner in 1976. His dealings helped bring the Pirates their World Series Championship 1979. Peterson also spent two years with the Yankees, including one as a co-General Manager 1990; he also spent two years with San Diego as a scout.

Source: Rutgers Hall of Fame

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