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Ernie Peters

Basketball & Baseball (Inductd: 1988-89)


Ernie  Peters

Ernie Peters was a two-sport standout who successfully led Lafayette basketball and baseball teams to post-season playoffs in 1954 and 1955. In basketball, the 5'9" Peters did most of the ball- handling and still scored more than 10 points a game as a junior and senior.

He was captain for both years, making him one of only four upon his induction who have been two-year captains in basketball since 1925. It's more than coincidence that Lafayette's best record ever (24-3) came with Peters enjoying the best season of his college career. Peters averaged 12.5 points a game in 1954-55 when the Leopards won 21 straight games to close the regular season before losing to Niagara in the first round of the NIT, then the nation's most prestigious post-season showcase.

In baseball, Peters found a home at shortstop as a sophomore and his hustling Pete Rose-style helped Lafayette advance to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, NE.