photo: Charles Peterson (Spring Valley (SC) Athletics)
St. Louis Cardinals announcement
The St. Louis Cardinals organization was deeply saddened this evening (Sunday, September 13) to learn of the passing of amateur scout Charles Peterson. The entire organization extends its condolences to the Peterson family and Charles’ many friends.
Subsequent to the conclusion of his playing career, Charles began his scouting career by working for the MLB Scouting Bureau. Hired by the Cardinals in 2012, Charlies scouted in the Upper Midwest before returning to his home state of South Carolina, and serving as Special Assistant to the Scouting Director. He was the signing scout of 2020 First Round Daft Selection Jordan Walker.
“Charles had an incredible impact on our scouting department. He brought a tremendous work ethic, keen eye, and booming laugh with him every day. My prayers are with his wife Karen and family as anyone who ever talked to CP knew how proud he was of them.” – Randy Flores, Assistant G.M./Scouting Director
“Charles always would light up the draft room. His smile, his voice, his energy…you knew it was Charles. He was a special man that made others better. He will be missed.” – John Mozeliak, President of Baseball Operations
Brian Walton’s take
COVID-19 has prematurely claimed another precious human life. The 46-year old passed after a lengthy battle with the respiratory virus, after having been hospitalized since August 17.
While Peterson was a celebrated baseball scout, he accomplished so much more, including giving back to his community.
In the off-season, Peterson was in his fourth year as a volunteer assistant football coach with Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. His peers offered tributes.
There are good coaches and then there are good men! Coach Peterson was both. God put him on this earth to help young people and he did more in his life to help others and spread joy. He is the definition of servant leadership! John 14:1-3 https://t.co/bQA0ntg6nm
— Robin Bacon (@CoachRobinBacon) September 13, 2020
His son Trey, who will be a 2021 graduate, is a defensive lineman on the Vikings squad.
I can’t put into words how much my father meant to me and every one he loved. To anyone who reads this. Please prayer for his safe passage into heaven and remember him as the man he was and always will be. pic.twitter.com/gYKvjHe9Gr
— Trey Peterson (@Skiblue65) September 14, 2020
As a high schooler himself, Peterson had been a standout in multiple sports at Laurens District 55 High School in South Carolina. In football, he was a Shrine Bowl selection and Parade All-American quarterback, named the state’s Player of the Year in both baseball and football in 1993.
The speedster, timed at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash, was a center fielder and pitcher in baseball. In two seasons on the mound, Peterson logged a 10-1 record with an ERA of 0.73 and tossed two no-hitters.
He was recruited by the Universities of Miami, Alabama and Florida, but at the age of 19, turned them all down.
Peterson selected baseball as his professional vocation, and became the first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993, taken 22nd overall. He was an all-star in two of his first three seasons, swiping 33 bags in a season twice, but his hoped-for power to become a true five-tool player never fully developed.
In his first full year at Double-A, Peterson led the 1996 Carolina Mudcats in hits, RBI and stolen bases while contributing 16 outfield assists. The outfielder-first baseman progressed to Triple-A before the affiliated ball segment of his career ended in 1998.
He continued to play the game he loved, however, as Peterson competed eight more seasons, primarily in independent ball in the US and Canada. He also spent parts of two seasons in Mexico and a portion of another in China.
Family friends have organized a GoFundMe campaign to help Peterson’s survivors with their expenses.
Please consider donating to help cover medical & funeral expenses. https://t.co/1d09fRSpaR
— Ally Rahn (@allyrahn) September 14, 2020
May CP rest in peace!
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