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William Peter Filson (born September 28, 1958) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played during seven seasons at the major league level for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Kansas City Royals. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 9th round of the 1979 amateur draft out of Temple University.[1] Filson played his first professional season with their Rookie league Paintsville Yankees and Class-A (Short Season) Oneonta Yankees in 1979, and split his last between Kansas City and their Triple-A Omaha Royals in 1990.

Pete Filson
1981 Nashville Pete Filson.jpg
Filson with the Nashville Sounds in 1981
Born: (1958-09-28) September 28, 1958 (age 60)
Darby, Pennsylvania
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 15, 1982, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1990, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record15–18
Earned run average4.18

In 2003 Filson was hired as pitching coach for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, Filson remained with the team until 2006.

Filson can be seen delivering a single pitch as a Royal in the Ken Burns documentary Baseball, at the beginning of the section entitled "Extra Innings."

Today, Pete Filson is a baseball pitching instructor at AFC Baseball in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, where he provides instruction to players at Harriton High School, Radnor High School, the Chester County Crawdads, and Wayne Wolverines.


  1. ^ The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 1195. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.

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