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Fritz Peterson

Bits and pieces, Nov. 18, 2015

November 18, 2015

Been a bit busy lately with the two author events, so I know I’ve fallen behind. You never know where inspiration will come from. According to this public radio story, Haruki Murakami came up with the idea for his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, as the result of a 1978 pro game in Japan, […]

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Revisiting the “Horace Clarke Era,” by Fritz Peterson. CreateSpace, 254 pages, $19.99. Timing is everything and relatively speaking, Fritz Peterson didn’t have it. He came along when the New York Yankees were in decline after so many successful campaigns. And while the left-handed starter had a decent career, one wonders what might have been had […]

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This is how I remember Fritz Peterson. A smiling, happy-go-lucky ballplayer. And why not? When this Topps card came out, he had just finished a successful rookie year for the New York Yankees, finishing 12-11 with a 3.31 ERA and allowing just 196 hits in 215 innings. Unfortunately, the good times were few and far […]

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Veteran sports journalist Phil Pepe wants you to know his newest book is not a memoir. His philosophy is that most people don’t care about the writer, how he got his job, the day-to-day doings of the craft. I disagree, but that’s just me. Pepe, who recently turned 80, has been covering baseball since the […]

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Literary birthday greetings: 1942 – Fritz Peterson, pitcher; All-Star Mickey Mantle Is Going To Heaven, by Peterson, Outskirts Press, 2009. The Art of De-Conditioning: Eating Your Way to Heaven, by Peterson, Light Side Books, 2012. Lest we forget: 1956 – Connie Mack, catcher, manager; Hall of Famer (b. 1862) My 66 Years in the Big […]

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Happy anniversary?

March 5, 2012

As Dan Epstein over at Big Hair & Plastic Grass reminds us, “On this date in 1973, Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson (front) and Mike Kekich (second from left) shock their team, baseball, and the country with the announcement that they’ve swapped families — their wives, children and pets are all included in the deal.” Seems […]

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I exchanged a few e-mails with Fritz Peterson recently, wishing him birthday nachas. He said he was excited that the Matt Damon-Ben Affleck project about the family-switching he did with Yankee teammate Mike Kekich was being made into a feature film. But evidently not everyone is enthralled with that possibility. I can understand Kekich’s point […]

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Somewhat belated, but nevertheless — The Yankees’ lefty, known perhaps more for swapping families than his record on the field, turned 69 recently. I was planning on posting this on his actual birthday, but wanted to find out what he was up to with his latest project. I interviewed Peterson during my stint at Yankee […]

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Like an old stand up comedian, former Yankees pitcher Fritz Peterson will tell you it’s good to be here..It’s good to be anywhere. Peterson, who might be as famous for the fact that he and Yankee teammate Mike Kekich swapped families (yes, families. Houses and pets, too) as much as his skill on the hill, […]

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* Bits and pieces

December 24, 2009

Mike Silva of NY Baseball Digest recently posted this 2007 audio interview he did with former major leaguer Terry Leach. Leach, a side-arming reliever who pitched for several teams, including the Mets, wrote about his experiences in Things Happen for a Reason: The True Story of an Itinerant Life in Baseball. Long-time baseball analyst Peter Gammons, […]

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* Tampa Story

November 16, 2009

(Based on the famous movie named after another Florida city.) Just got out of dinner. Reggie Jackson gave a very sweet speech about Yankee tradition and how the players at Yankees Fantasy Camp exemplify those virtues. The managers of my team — the Bombers — are Roy White and Jesse Barfield. Other players in attendance […]

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Former Yankees pitcher Fritz Peterson appeared at the Yogi Berra Museum and Education Center in Little Falls, NJ last night to discuss his auto-biography, Mickey Mantle is Going to Heaven. The ex-big-leaguer, who made headlines back in 1973 when he and teammate Mike Kekich traded families, is facing serious health issues, which he said prompted […]

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* New book on the Fritz

August 13, 2009

As in Fritz Peterson, the former pitcher for the New York Yankees who caused a major stir back in 1973 when he and teammate Mike Kekich swapped families. Peterson, who finished an 11-year career with a record of 133-131 (including a 20-win season in 1970), has published his story in Mickey Mantle is Going to […]

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