Peter Kendrick Athlete Profile

#7 Peter Kendrick

Peter Kendrick
Position: Left Hand Pitcher Height: 5-8 Weight: 155 Roster Years: 1980-1982 Hometown: Honolulu, HI Hall of Fame: 1996 Last School: Radford High School

  • 1996 Baseball




All-America

  • 1981 Baseball Bulletin Second Team
  • 1981 Baseball News Second Team 
  • 1981 AACBC Third Team

1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

No BYU baseball player has pitched more innings (148), won more games (16), or thrown as many no-hitters (2) in a season as Peter Kendrick.

Indicative of Kendrick's contributions to BYU baseball was the Cougars' double-header on May 18, 1981, when the 5-8 sophomore pitched back-to-back victories against his native Hawaii to win the WAC Baseball Championships in Provo. His 257-pitches in 16 consecutive innings led to a two-game defeat over his native sixth-ranked Hawai'I to win the league championship.

While the little lefty's statistics for the day were impressive, the legendary quality of his performance came in his durability - he pitched seven complete innings in the Cougars' 11-4 victory, followed by nine complete innings in the second game, to clinch the conference title with a 3-1 win.

"P.K." as he was affectionately called, surrendered only one extra base hit among the 12 hits he allowed the Rainbows that day. He defeated future major-league pitcher Chuch Crim in the opener and came back in the nightcap to hand Hawaii's Scott Roberts his first loss in 11 decisions.

Not surprisingly, a few days later at the NCAA regionals in Austin, Texas, the Cougars put Kendrick on the mound again. Peter pitched the complete nine innings and gave up only one extra base hit - a double to Stanford's John Elway (retired Denver Broncos' quarterback). Following the 2-1 loss to Stanford, Coach Gary Pullins said, "Peter's got to have had the greatest season I've ever seen by a collegiate pitcher, and I've seen Floyd Bannister (Arizona State) and Jack Morris (BYU)."

Peter's statistics for that 1981 season were a 16-3 record with an earned-run average of 1.28. He had 115 strikeouts in 148 innings, earned two saves, and posted five shutouts - while throwing two no-hitters and 14 complete games in 19 appearances. Both no-hitters came in Provo: a complete nine-inning game against Chapman College and a seven-inning contest with the Air Force Academy in which Peter "K" had 12 stikeouts. During that super season he set seven BYU records and two WAC records.

As an encore in 1982, he won the first nine games of his junior year and defeated both Tulane and Maine to win Most Valuable Pitcher honors at the Riverside Baseball Invitational. Over the course of his BYU career Peter was 29-8, while compiling an earned-run average of 3.08.

He went on to play professional baseball for the minor league teams of the Oakland Athletics and the Milwaukee Brewers, participating on two AA championship teams during this time.

Personal

  • B.S. in computer science from BYU

Career Highlights

  • Second Team All-American (Baseball News and Baseball Bulletin) 1981
  • Third Team All-American (American Association of College Baseball Coaches) 1981
  • First Team All-District 1981
  • Winner of BYU's Cameron Tuckett Award 1981
  • Threw no-hitters against Chapman College (9 innings) and the Air Force Academy (7 innings), striking out 12 Falcons 1981
  • Set BYU record for most games won in a season (16), innings pitched (146) and lowest ERA (1.28) 1981
  • Won the first nine games of his junior year and defeated both Tulane and Maine to win Most Valuable Pitcher honors at the Riverside Baseball Invitational 1982

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Radford High where he was an OIA All-Star as a junior and senior
  • Pitched and played outfield and first base on the first undefeated prep team in Hawaiian history (20-0)
  • Led the state in strikeouts as a junior with 108 in 72 innings

After BYU

  • Went on to play professional baseball for the minor league teams of the Oakland Athletics and the Milwaukee Brewers

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Participated on two AA championship teams during this time
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1996

Stats

Year     ERA  W-L APP  GS  CG  SV    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO
1980    9.45  2-2  22   3  0       39.2  61  49  42  34  32
1981    1.28 16-3  19  19  14   2 146.0  94  35  21  72 115
1982    3.18 11-3  15  15   9     102.0  98  47  36  44  83


1981 | Sophomore Year

  • Second Team All-American (Baseball News and Baseball Bulletin)
  • Third Team All-American (American Association of College Baseball Coaches)
  • First Team All-District
  • Winner of BYU's Cameron Tuckett Award
  • Threw no-hitters against Chapman College (9 innings) and the Air Force Academy (7 innings), striking out 12 Falcons
  • Set BYU record for most games won in a season (16), innings pitched (146) and lowest ERA (1.28)
  • He had five shutouts
  • Pitched back-to-back victories against his native Hawaii on May 18 to win the WAC Baseball Championships in Provoj
  • In that doubleheader he threw 257 pitches in seven complete innings in the Cougars' 11-4 victory, followed by nine complete innings in the second game, to clinch the conference title with a 3-1 win
  • Five days later in the NCAA Regionals, he pitched the complete nine innings and gave up only one extra base hit - a double to Stanford's John Elway (retired Denver Broncos' quarterback)
  • Also threw five shutouts
  • Set seven BYU records and two WAC records
  • His saves came against Utah and Wyoming

1982 | Junior Year

  • Won the first nine games of his junior year and defeated both Tulane and Maine to win Most Valuable Pitcher honors at the Riverside Baseball Invitational
  • Western Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week.