Bucs honor late former GM Harding Peterson

April 20th, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates held a moment of silence at PNC Park on Friday night to remember Harding “Pete” Peterson, who was the general manager of Pittsburgh’s last World Series-winning team.

Peterson passed away on Tuesday. He was 89 years old.

Peterson served as the Pirates’ general manager from 1976-85, taking over the job from longtime general manager Joe L. Brown, before later ceding it back to him in ’85.

The Pirates honored Peterson with a moment of silence before Friday night’s series opener against the Giants, during which they showed a photograph of him on the left-field scoreboard at PNC Park.

Peterson was a catcher for Rutgers University in 1950, when the Scarlet Knights advanced to the College World Series. He then began his career with the Pirates and spent 35 years with the organization as a player, Minor League manager, scout, farm director and general manager around a two-year stint in the US Army to serve in the Korean War.

Peterson traded catcher Manny Sanguillen to the A’s in 1976 in exchange for manager Chuck Tanner, who was at the helm for Pittsburgh’s championship run in ’79. He made a handful of other moves to construct the beloved “We Are Family” Pirates, none better than his June 1979 deal to acquire third baseman Bill Madlock and left-hander Dave Roberts.

After he was dismissed by the Pirates, Peterson served as the Yankees’ general manager in 1990 and later worked as a scout for the Blue Jays and Padres. His son, Rick, pitched in the Pirates’ system and went on to work as a pitching coach for the A’s, Mets and Brewers.