NEW YORK — This is a love story like no other.
Former Yankees pitcher Fritz Peterson, who played along with the likes of legendary Micky Mantle, was tremendous at his position but was mostly remembered for his swapping of wives with teammate Mike Kekich.
It all started on July 15, 1972, Peterson and Kekich and their wives were invited for a special gathering at sports writer Maury Allen's house, according to Peterson.
"He invited a bunch of us there, gathered at the table and had some beers," Peterson, 73, told PIX11 News. "We sat down at the table. Mike's wife was sitting across from me and my ex-wife was sitting across from him. During the meal, I bumped Susan's foot. One of us then bumped back."
The couples started seeing each other more on off days until one night, something just "clicked" with Susan, Peterson said.
Months later, at an odd press conference at the old Yankee Stadium on March 4, 1973, Kekich and Peterson announced their family change-up.
While Mike and Marilyn weren't so lucky with their marriage, 41 years later, Peterson is still with Susan.
"We're still having a blast," Peterson said. "We got out every night at 5:01 p.m. We laugh about our life, our kids."
The scandalous trade has gotten the attention of Boston Red Sox fans Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who are looking into making Peterson's love story into a film.