After a brief trial with the Dodgers, Peck suffered a hunting accident that cost
him part of his foot. The A's acquired him after a .346 season at Milwaukee (American
Association). In 1948 he led the AL in pinch hits (8) with the pennant-winning Indians.
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 9, 1945:
Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics returns
from 3 years with the Canadian Army and pitches a
no-hitter, walking 4 and beating the St. Louis Browns
1-0 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. A triple
by Hal Peck leads to the winning run in the 9th. It
is Fowler's first start since his return and
his first ML shutout. The no-hitter is the first
by an Athletic since 1916.
»December 20, 1946: With the trade for Al Lopez, the Indians send young catcher Sherm Lollar and 2B Ray Mack to the Yankees for minor league P Gene Bearden, P Al Gettel, and OF Hal Peck. Peck never played for New York after they acquired him in June. Lollar will play just 33 games in two years, while Mack is swapped after one game. Bearden, as a rookie knuckleballer in 1948, will win 20 games and the lead the American League in ERA.
»August 12, 1948: In the 2nd game of a twin bill, after losing 8–4, the Indians wallop the Browns 26–3, coming within one run of the American League record for the most runs scored in a game. A record fourteen players have hits for the Indians in the game. Hal Peck leads with four hits and four runs. Pitcher Gene Bearden, who also has four hits and four runs, is staked to 9-run lead before taking the mound. All 14 Indians who have an at bat get a hit. Bob Feller pitches the last two innings.