Pete Reiser

Pete Reiser
Birthdate 3/17/1919
Death Date 10/25/1981
Debut Year 1940
Year of Induction
Teams Braves, Dodgers, Indians, Pirates
Positions Center Field, Coach, Scout

In 1941 Pete Reiser led the NL in WAR, doubles, triples, average, slugging %, OPS, & total bases to lead Brooklyn to their 1st pennant since 1920.

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Pete Reiser's all-out style broke down his body but never his spirit

Pete Reiser's all-out style broke down his body but never his spirit

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Red Smith wrote of Pete Reiser, “Pete may have been born to be the best baseball player that ever lived but there never was a park big enough to contain his effort. He was a man of immeasurable skills and unconquerable spirit who played the only way he knew how вЂ
After retiring as a player, Reiser remained in baseball for the rest of his life

After retiring as a player, Reiser remained in baseball for the rest of his life

Pete Reiser’s final season in the bigs came in 1952. After the Pirates released him in November of ’51, the Indians came calling the following spring. At their helm was Hall of Fame manager Al Lopez. The skipper was familiar with Reiser. In ’41 when Reiser wore the batting crown Lo
Postmarks give great contest to the day's events when the card was signed

Postmarks give great contest to the day's events when the card was signed

Shown here is the reverse of the postcard signed by Reiser. The postmark lends context. It is stamped from Cleveland, Ohio and dated May 22, 1952 at 7:30 pm. Reiser appeared in just 34 games in ’52, with 25 of them begining either a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner. Earlier that day before Reiser
Reiser was the boyhood favorite of future LA owner Peter O'Malley

Reiser was the boyhood favorite of future LA owner Peter O'Malley

When Emmy-winning film editor Rick Tuber put together a documentary on his father-in-law Pete Reiser, he interviewed many baseball figures. Among them was former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley. In the trailer of the film the soft-spoken O’Malley says that as a boy his favorite player was Re
As Dodger coach, Reiser was instrumental in Maury Wills' success

As Dodger coach, Reiser was instrumental in Maury Wills' success

Upon retirement, Pete Reiser remained close to the game. He scouted, coached, managed in both the minor and major leagues for the rest of his days. Among the many men he positively influenced was Dodger great Maury Wills. Before meeting Reiser, the development of the shortstop’s career was gre

2 responses to “Pete Reiser”

  1. Rick Tuber says:

    Excellent commentary on Pete Reiser. I’ve been married to his daughter Shirley for 40 years. We’re in the process of doing a documentary on his life. Would appreciate your help.
    Thanks,
    Rick Tuber

  2. George Matthews says:

    I was young But a rabid Dodger fan in the early 40″ s. However I do know that he was one of the most respected players on the basepaths. Believe it or not. I seem to remember that time he hit the wall. He was as agressive as any ballplayer ever. Many thought he would have set records beyond those of present recordholders had he not been so injured. I thought only good things about your dad!

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