Peter Suder (April 16, 1916 – November 14, 2006), nicknamed "Pecky," was an American professional baseball player, a utility infielder for the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics (1941–43 and 1946–55). Born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Suder threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).
Suder's 20-year career began in 1935 and was interrupted during World War II by 1944–45 service in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations.
Suder led the American League in grounding into double plays (23) in 1941. He is also the Athletics' all-time leader in grounding into double plays (158). Suder was a member of the 1949 Philadelphia Athletics team that set a Major League team record of 217 double plays, a record which still stood as of 2010.
In 13 seasons he played in 1,421 games, had 5,085 at bats, 469 runs, 1,268 hits, 210 doubles, 44 triples, 49 home runs, 541 runs batted in, 19 stolen bases, 288 bases on balls, a .249 batting average, .290 on-base percentage, .337 slugging percentage, 1,713 total bases and 92 sacrifice hits.
He died, aged 90, in Aliquippa.
By Dean Hanley
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