Raymond James Peters (August 27, 1946 – May 4, 2019) was an American professional baseball player and a former Major League pitcher. Peters, a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 210 lb (95 kg) right-hander born in Buffalo, New York, attended Harvard University, where he played college baseball for the Crimson for two seasons (1967–68). He was drafted by the Seattle Pilots in the first round (22nd pick) of the 1969 amateur draft (secondary phase). He had been drafted four times previously, but did not sign with any of those clubs.
|Born: August 27, 1946|
Buffalo, New York
|Died: May 4, 2019 (aged 72)|
|June 4, 1970, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 9, 1970, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Earned run average||31.50|
Said his Harvard baseball coach, Norman Shepard, in 1969: "A pitcher like Ray comes along just once in a while. He was one that could throw the ball by the hitter. You don't get a real stopper like Ray every day." Peters received his Bachelor of Arts in Latin American History and Spanish from Harvard in 1969. He was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1993.
Peters' Major League career lasted about a week, starting two games for the Milwaukee Brewers (né Pilots) against the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers in 1970 (June 4 and June 9). Peters gave up 12 baserunners (7 hits and 5 walks) and 7 earned runs in 2 total innings, and shortly thereafter returned to the minor leagues.
- "Harvard University Baseball Players Who Made It to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- Brenholts, Al (February 12, 1969). "Harvard Ace Ray Peters Signed by New AL Club". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
- Stingl, Jim (June 8, 2017). "Ex-Brewers pitcher is a proud big leaguer, even though his career lasted a few innings". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
- "Raymond Peters '69, Baseball, Hall of Fame Class of 1993 – Harvard Varsity Club". Retrieved May 15, 2019.
- "Obituary: Ray Peters (1946-2019)". RIP Baseball. May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
- "Ray Peters Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
- Personal website set up by family Big Train Ray
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