NIU Hall of Fame Pitcher Fritz Peterson recently passed away at the age of 82, leaving behind a legacy both in college baseball and Major League Baseball. He was a standout player for Northern Illinois University in the 1960s before enjoying an 11-season career with the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and Texas Rangers.

By the Numbers
  • Peterson led the Huskies with 55 strikeouts and 65.1 innings pitched in his first season at NIU.
  • He won 133 games with 1,015 strikeouts in over 2,200 innings pitched during his professional career.
State of Play
  • Peterson's legacy includes being inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987 and having his jersey retired by the university in 2018.
  • He held the all-time lowest earned run average of any pitcher in the history of the original Yankee Stadium at 2.52.
Bottom Line

Fritz Peterson's contributions to NIU and Major League Baseball will be remembered through his Hall of Fame induction and jersey retirement, solidifying his place as a legendary figure in the sport.