Today in baseball history - March 5 - Yankee pitchers swap wives
Submitted by BTGrimes on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 7:00am
You can't make this stuff up
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA | MARCH 5, 1973 - New York Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich dropped a bombshell on spring training camp on this date in 1973. They announced to the world that they had swapped wives... and kids and a poodle and a terrier. "It wasn't a wife swap," they said, "It's a life swap." America had lived through the turbulent, permissive 1960's, but this was a shock on so many levels, not the least of which was that the swap was announced to the world.
Just like in baseball; you win some, you lose some and some get rained out.
Peterson and Kekich had been close friends for years, and said there was nothing sordid about the "affair." They and their wives began discussing the switch the previous summer and put it in affect in October, 1972.
Fritz Peterson was still living with Susanne Kekich and her two daughters, aged 4 and 2, at the time of the press conference, but Mike Kekich and Marilyn Peterson's relationship had already gone south. Their living arrangement with her two sons, aged 5 and 2, had been on-again/off-again. It also became apparent that the two left-handers had had a falling out over one affair working and the other not. Murray Chass wrote in the next day's New York Times that, "...it was obvious they had bitter feelings toward each other."
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