The story of two baseball players who switched- their own wives!

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The story of two baseball players who switched- their own wives!

The two men thought they weren't doing anything overly unusual, but their story quickly made headlines across the United States ... One of the strangest human stories in the world of sports happened on March 4, 1973. Namely, New York Yankees players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich held separate press conferences, and their announcement shocked everyone.

They announced that they had replaced women, but this life change was actually much bigger than it originally seemed. Not only did they replace women, but they replaced entire families, dogs and friends! The two men thought they weren’t doing anything overly unusual, but their story quickly found its way onto headlines across the U.S.: “I saw my picture on television when I woke up and realized it was a big deal,” Peterson said.

Peterson was a baseball star and very famous in sports circles. He was selected as an All-Star in 1970 and finished last season with 17 wins. Kekich, on the other hand, did not have such an impressive career. In 1969, Kekich joined the Yankees with his family and moved to New York.

Kekich, interestingly, he moved near Peterson and they often gathered their families at joint events. The original idea of ​​replacing women was born at a hot summer party in 1972. However, after some time, the deal fell through for a week and the pitchers returned to their original wives.

Still, Peterson just wasn’t happy. “I told Marilyn I just had to have Susanne and she said she was in love with Mike,” Peterson said. The couples agreed to go public with the plan in December. The decision was that the children should stay with their mothers, so that meant Peterson and Kekich would be strangers to the children.

Peterson moved in with Sussana Kekich and her daughters, while Kekich moved in with Marilyn Peterson and her sons. "We tried something with a common understanding. It's all about the decision of the four of us," Kekich claimed.

Managers on their marriage

The pitchers together came to the general manager with a special request. Namely, they asked managers Lee Macphail and Ralph Hawk not to exchange them from the Yankees in order to keep their families close.

Their reaction was very positive, and they even publicly supported their pitchers. "They live their own lives and have many more years to live. If you are not happy, why would you go through the world unhappy? Some people say you have to stay together because of the children.

We have seen people living together and practically separated," he said Peterson and Susanne had a very happy marriage after the exchange, but things weren’t so fabulous on the other hand. Mike Kekich and Marillyn Peterson concluded they had made a mistake and had resumed their relationship several times.

"The only reason I could justify surrendering to my daughters is for a love that is greater than anything I have ever known. By American standards, Susanne and I had a good marriage, but I wanted a great marriage. I was idealistic, I guess" said Kekich humbly.

After the 1973 season, Kekich and Peterson went their separate ways, and in 1978, they were both done with baseball, and their friendship broke down. Kekich eventually moved to New Mexico in an attempt to escape the whole situation.