Leslie Earl Peden
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1½", Weight 212 lb.
- School Texas A&M University
- Debut April 17, 1953
- Final Game May 6, 1953
- Born September 17, 1923 in Azle, TX USA
- Died February 11, 2002 in Jacksonville, FL USA
After leaving the major leagues, Les Peden became a minor league player-manager with the Des Moines Bruins in the Western League in 1954-1955. In 1956 and 1957 he was a player for the Shreveport Sports and Little Rock Travelers in the Southern Association. In 1958, he was player-manager of the Travelers in the Kansas City A's organization. He led the Panama Winter League record in batting average in the 1958-59 season, with a mark of.390, a record at the time.
When the A's switched Southern Association affiliates, Peden moved back to Shreveport from 1959-1961. Peden moved up to the AAA affiliate Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League in 1962-1963. In 1964, Peden took over the independent Quincy Gems of the Midwest League in mid-year, where he actually pitched in 15 games. Finally leaving playing behind, he managed the Wenatchee Chiefs and was a Chicago Cubs coach in 1965, and moved back to managing with the Cubs AAA Tacoma Cubs of the PCL in 1966. Peden resurfaced in 1978 as skipper of the independent Alexandria Dukes of the Carolina League.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1954||Des Moines Bruins||Western League||88-66||2nd||Chicago Cubs||League Champs|
|1955||Des Moines Bruins||Western League||35-45||--||Chicago Cubs||--||Replaced by Burdette Thurlby (2-0) in July|
|1958||Little Rock Travelers||Southern Association||74-80||6th||Kansas City A's|
|1959||Shreveport Sports||Southern Association||75-79||5th||Kansas City A's|
|1960||Shreveport Sports||Southern Association||86-67||2nd||Kansas City A's||none|
|1961||Shreveport Sports||Southern Association||69-84||7th||Kansas City A's||none|
|1962||Portland Beavers||Pacific Coast League||74-80||6th||Kansas City A's||none|
|1963||Portland Beavers||Pacific Coast League||28-28||--||Kansas City A's||--||Replaced by Dan Carnevale (45-56) on June 10|
|1964||Quincy Gems||Midwest League||26-33||10th||none||Replaced Jim Finigan (16-45) on July 4|
|1965||Wenatchee Chiefs||Northwest League||66-70||4th||Chicago Cubs|
|1966||Tacoma Cubs||Pacific Coast League||63-85||11th||Chicago Cubs|
|1978||Alexandria Dukes||Carolina League||58-75||4th||none|