Longtime Giants beat reporter Peters dies at 75

Longtime Giants beat reporter Peters dies at 75

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nick Peters, who covered more Giants games than any other writer in the franchise's West Coast history, died Monday after a long illness. He was 75.

Peters reached the pinnacle of his profession in 2009, two years after his final season as a Giants beat writer, when he won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting among members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The honor reflects meritorious contributions to baseball writing and is the BBWAA's most prestigious award given to a writer.

Peters covered the Giants from 1961-2007, primarily for the Sacramento Bee and Oakland Tribune. He also worked for the Berkeley Gazette and San Francisco Chronicle. A San Francisco native, Peters also covered basketball extensively.

Until recently, Peters had attended every Giants home opener since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. He authored five books on the ballclub and the interview room at AT&T Park is named in his honor.

"Nick was known not only for his writing talent and encyclopedic knowledge of baseball, but also for his mentorship of many young reporters who rose through the ranks of sports journalism," a statement released by the Giants said. "He will be deeply missed by the entire Giants organization and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lise and the entire Peters family."

As a youth, Peters idolized Red Sox legend Ted Williams, and as he noted in his Spink Award acceptance speech, steeped himself in the game by reading The Sporting News, then considered "the Bible of Baseball." Decades later, Peters served as TSN's Giants correspondent -- fittingly so, since he was so closely associated with the ballclub.

Peters' closing remarks in his Spink acceptance included this declaration: "I haven't covered a better player than [Willie] Mays [or] a better pitcher than [Juan] Marichal."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.