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Peterson-Kekich movie back on tap

Feb 19, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

Courtesy of ‘Duk at Big League Stew comes word that the wackiest of all baseball stories — long in development hell — may finally be coming to the big screen:

The Trade, a film that tells the true tale of
2 New York Yankees pitchers who caused a national scandal by swapping
wives in the sexually-free 1970s, has finally hit the big leagues. Ben Affleck has become attached to direct and potentially star in the Warner Bros film . . . Teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich stunned the country when they
disclosed in spring training 1973 that they were trading wives.
Peterson had fallen in love with Susanne Kekich and his teammate fell
in love with Marilyn Peterson. Fritz and Susanne remain a couple till
this day, while Mike and Marilyn drifted apart.

I seem to remember that the reason this movie was held up in the past was that Major League Baseball and/or the Yankees didn’t want to allow filmmakers to use their logos and names and stuff in a movie that would put them in an seedy or unseemly light.  That always seemed a bit fuddy-duddish to me. The Kekich-Peterson thing is more silly than immoral, more of a cultural curio than a social threat.

  1. Omega in Colorado - Feb 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Why did I hear Helen Lovejoy (of the Simpson’s) cry ‘Oh, won’t someone please think of the childern?!’
    Anyway, make up some phony team names and logos and shoot the derned movie, sounds like it may be a fun watch.

  2. Lawrence From Plattekill - Feb 19, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Didn’t someone write a book about this? If so, has anyone here read it?

  3. BC - Feb 19, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Take my wife, please! Oops. Someone already did…

  4. Jim Bouton & Leonard Shecter - Feb 19, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Throw in Rick Manning who married Dennis Eckersley’s wife.
    Go pound down some Budweiser and repeat Joe Schultz’s two favorite words until you toss your cookies.

  5. John Pileggi - Feb 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    There aren’t many things that, 30 years later, still sound weird, but the Kekich/Peterson story is one of them. I recall that Kekich had a string of bad luck while Peterson was never the same either.

  6. Old Gator - Feb 19, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Mine too. What a relief that was. She looked a lot like Cher in her younger days but in my mind she closely resembles a boated blobfish. Fortunately, she didn’t know I was already standing on the railing of the Queensboro Bridge or she probably wouldn’t have gone off with him for another day or so. Close call – I was pretty agile in those days but there was some gigantic guy in an ape suit waggling the cable car lines at the time and I might have missed it when I jumped.
    .
    Peterson/Kekich was my favorite baseball story of all time, even more than the Mick story I told here a few weeks ago. As I recall, they made their deals just hours before the trading deadline. It’s a shame, because I would love to have seen what happened if those women had to clear waivers first.

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