Monday, March 23, 2015

RIP Nick Peters

He covered the Giants between 1961 and 2007. Marcos Breton writes a nice obit for the Sacramento Bee, where Nick worked for 20 years.

Peters was present at every Giants Opening Day in San Francisco, the first in 1958 until more recently, when illness kept him from AT&T Park. He covered the Giants from the prime of Willie Mays until the final days of Barry Bonds’ career. He covered the Giants from the era of manual typewriters to the era of wireless laptops, which Peters was known to curse from time to time while on deadline.
“We used to tease Nick about his longevity by asking, ‘Was Babe Ruth a good quote?’” said Dan Brown, a San Jose Mercury News sportswriter and longtime friend of Peters. “But in truth, that wisdom was irreplaceable. ... The thing that amazed me about Nick was how much the (Giants) greats respected him – Mays, (Willie) McCovey, (Juan) Marichal.”
Peters earned that respect by being a straight shooter. He never sugarcoated how the Giants were playing, which was often quite dismal during the 1970s and ’80s. But Peters always respected the game and the men who devoted their lives to it.

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