Jeff Peeples


Jeff Peeples (Baseball, 1970-1973) 

Pitcher Jeff Peeples compiled an impressive list of achievements during his tenure at Vanderbilt, setting career record totals for wins and earned run average. With his sterling pitching leading the way, the Commodores won the 1972 SEC Championship, and he was one of only two pitchers in conference history to lead the SEC in ERA two years in a row. Jeff life was cut short, dying of a stroke at age 46 in 1996. Since 2001, Vanderbilt baseball has honored his memory by annually awarding the Jeff Peeples Award to the team’s Most Valuable Player.

  • Vanderbilt all-time leader in career wins (29) and earned run average (1.68)
  • Three-time First Team All-SEC pitcher (1971, 1972, 1973)
  • Led conference in ERA for two consecutive years (1971, 1972)
  • Led conference in victories (12) and strikeouts (113) in 1973
  • Vanderbilt’s first All-American in baseball (Second Team, 1973)
  • Named All-South Region and All District III (1973)
  • >Capped career by pitching both halves of a double header in the SEC Tournament, throwing a no-hitter in the first game and earning a win in the nightcap
  • Also a four-year letter winner in Commodore football
  • Moved on to play professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals