Sep 18, 2009, 9:20 AM EST
Despite winning 133 games, former Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson will always be remembered as the guy who swapped wives with his teammate Mike Kekich. He has come out with a new book now, and it may prove memorable as well. While it doesn’t sound like a scandalous tell-all, he does describe Joe DiMaggio as “arrogant and stubborn” and talks about how Whitey Ford doctored the ball. I find that shocking because everything I’ve read in the past five years has led me to believe that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were the only jerks and cheaters in the history of baseball. Huh. Learn something new every day, I guess.
Beyond that, this kind of book sounds like fun simply because it Peterson’s tenure with the Yankees: 1966-1976 almost perfectly covers the inter-championship Yankees wilderness years that sometimes seem to have been written out of history.
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