Hank Peters, general manager and architect of the last Orioles team to win a World Series in 1983, died Sunday morning of complications from a recent stroke at Hospice By The Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. Peters, who lived in Highland Beach, Fla., was 90.
Peters, a native of St. Louis, began working in baseball in 1946 with the St. Louis Browns. In 1954, he became the farm director of the Kansas City A’s and then in 1966 he was named the Cleveland Indians’ vice president of player personnel. Peters was the Orioles’ general manager from 1975-1987 and then served in that same role with the Indians. He retired in 1992. That’s nearly 50 years in the sport, and it all started when Peters answered a newspaper ad.