Pete Varney was drafted seven times by major league clubs between 1967 and 1971. He graduated from Harvard in 1971. Pete caught the 2-point conversion pass that tied the big game with Yale 28-28 in 1968. Pete was the first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1971.
Varney spent most of his playing career in the minors. He showed some power in 1973 (18 HR) and 1974 (16 HR). Pete had late season call-ups in 1973 (.000 in 4 at bats) and 1974 (.250 in 28 at bats). Varney spent the entire 1975 season with the White Sox and batted .271 in 36 games as the backup catcher for Brian Downing.
Pete played in 14 games and batted .244 in 41 at bats before being traded to the Atlanta Braves for Blue Moon Odom on June 15. Varney spent most of the remanider of the season at AAA Richmond. He batted .100 in 10 at bats for the Braves in '76. Pete was at Richmond again in 1977 and retired after the season.
- After he retired from baseball Pete coached high school baseball for three years. Varney has been the head baseball coach at Brandeis University in Massachusetts since 1980.