Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

S21E07: The Yankees Wife Swap

On March 5, 1973, Major League Baseball hosted what had to be the wildest pair of press conferences in its history. Yankees southpaw pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson, for reasons that defy any kind of good explanation, revealed to reporters from spring training that they had not merely swapped wives with each other, but lives. Months before, Mike had moved into Fritz’s home, with Fritz’s wife, two children, and dog, and Fritz had moved into Mike’s, with Mike’s wife, his two children, and his dog. It set off a firestorm that tanked both of their careers, and left a stadium’s worth of bad feelings between the two old friends.

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Stacie’s Receipts

Weird Yankee History: The Wife Swap | Bronx Pinstripes | BronxPinstripes.com

Throwback Thursday: Yankees’ Wife Swap – ESPN – SweetSpot

It’s 50th anniversary of Yankees’ most insane swap ever (nypost.com)

Ex-Yankee Fritz Peterson has no regrets 40 years after wife swap (palmbeachpost.com via archive.org)

Kekich and Peterson made strangest trade in ’73 – Washington Times

In His Book, Fritz Peterson Discusses Pranks, Teammates and Swapping Wives – The New York Times

Mike Kekich, ex-Yankee, sweats wife-swap film – CBS News

Kekich Swaps Troubles For Peace, Happiness (The Pittsburgh Press via Google Newspapers)

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