Thursday, October 15, 2009

Baseball’s Weirdest Trade Finally Explained

HAWTHORNE, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The player behind baseball’s strangest trade is finally driving home the facts.

In 1973, former New York Yankees pitcher Fritz Peterson and teammate Mike Kekich traded wives, kids, homes, and even their dogs.

Dubbed a “wife-swap” by the media, it made Peterson the most hated MLB player – a backlash he felt the day he was booed by “the entire stadium” at a game.

Today, Peterson is still with his wife and discusses their controversial union and his career in his memoir, Mickey Mantle Is Going To Heaven (Outskirts Press).

Though the born-again Christian “doesn’t condone” his ’70s wife trade, he says it was innocent.

It had nothing to do with the kinky swinger lifestyle and “just happened.”

He and Kekich were “naive” and honestly thought the trade would better their families, which were falling apart simultaneously.

He wishes fans would remember him for something other than the swap – even if it’s for having the all-time lowest ERA at Yankee Stadium.

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