Former Indians, Orioles Executive Hank Peters Dies

Former Indians President Hank Peters died in Boca Raton, Florida, of complications from a stroke, the team announced Sunday. He was 90.

Peters was president of Indians from 1987-91. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as executive vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Orioles – a period that included a World Series title in 1983.

“We celebrate Hank’s instrumental role in the renaissance of Indians Baseball,” Indians President Mark Shapiro said. “Hank was the foundation of the rebirth of baseball in Cleveland that led to a new ballpark, modernized baseball and business operations and, ultimately, championship teams.”

Orioles owner Peter Angelos added, “I am saddened to learn of the passing of Hank Peters, and on behalf of the Orioles organization, I extend my condolences to his daughter Sharon, his son Steve, and his entire family. Hank was highly regarded throughout baseball as a man of integrity and great character. He was an integral part of the Orioles’ winning tradition, including 10 consecutive winning seasons from 1976 to 1985 and the club’s third World Series championship in 1983. His impact was felt by multiple organizations throughout his 40-year baseball career, and he will be missed by all who knew him.”

Peters began his baseball career working for the St. Louis Browns.

(Baltimore Sun Photo)

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