Carroll "Pete" Peterson
 

 

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CARROLL WESLEY PETERSON

Born: May 15, 1919
Place: Columbia, South Carolina
Died: December 10, 1994
Place: Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Batted: 
Threw: 

Positions:
Outfield
Catcher

Nickname: 
Pete

Kitty League Teams:
Fulton Tigers
Fulton Chicks
Fulton Railroaders
Mayfield Clothiers

Kitty League 
Hall of Fame

Inducted 
August 16, 2003

Kitty League All-Star Team 1947

 


After a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals, Branch Rickey told him that his bat would keep him out of the major league. But Carroll Peterson's lumber was good enough to bat over .300 in all but three of his eight seasons in the Kitty League and earn him a place in its Hall of Fame.

"Pete" Peterson batted .306 in 676 Kitty League games and was a consistent run producer for the Fulton Tigers/Chicks/Railroaders between 1940 and 1951. For players between 1935-1955, he ranks 2nd in career games, at-bats (2,634), runs scored (446), and hits (805). His best season was 1941 when he hit .311 with a career high 14 home runs and 116 runs batted in for Fulton. He was rewarded with a brief stint with the Winston-Salem club of the Class B Piedmont League (a Detroit Tigers farm club) the following season.

He served as player-manager of the Mayfield Clothiers for the latter half of the 1948 season. Later he managed the Paducah Chiefs when the club was part of the Class D Mississippi-Ohio Valley League in 1949.

Peterson was posthumously elected to the Kitty League Hall of Fame at the Centennial Reunion held in Paducah, KY on September 16, 2003.

 

 

 

Kitty League Batting Statistics

YEAR CLUB BA G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
1940 Fulton .329 64 243 32 80 20 4 2 43 0
1941 Fulton .311 127 566 98 176 28 6 14 116 4
1942 Fulton .377 40 167 40 63 17 1 3 44 1
1946 Fulton .274 116 464 86 127 23 4 8 80 1
1947 Fulton .315 111 441 79 139 20 8 12 97 3
1948 Ful-May .295 107 410 62 121 31 2 3 75 5
1950 Fulton .307 87 264 37 81 9 1 5 43 1
1951 Fulton .228 24 79 12 18 2 0 0 11 2
Total 8 seasons .306 676 2634 446 805 150 26 47 509 17

 

 

 

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