I have had a passion for baseball since 1987. I had just entered the 2nd month of my 6th grade year. The Minnesota Twins had made it to the World Series and would be facing the St Louis Cardinals. The small town in the middle of Illinois where I attended jr high was FILLED to the brim with Cardinal fans. Always having that “rebel” spirit inside me, I bet a Cardinal fan $20 the Twins would win the World Series. The rest is HISTORY! The Twins won it in 7 games. I have been a DIEHARD Twins fan since that point. My obsession grew to the point that I had three Twin tattoos engraved on my right and left arm. 😦 I was really proud this year. We finished DEAD last with the worst record in the American League. 😦
I ran onto an interesting tidbit of information. I was searching around for Serbian baseball players and found this list:
I know, I know…. You Serbs are already bored with this post. Give me just a few more minutes. It gets interesting. It isn’t about the sport as much as the controversy. 🙂
The name that jumped out at me was Mike Kekich. I have always been a HATER of the New York Yankees. The only thing that I like about New York is the fact that it is solidly Liberal in its politics!!! 🙂
The New York Yankees have been one of the most dominate and successful sporting teams in the history of American sports. Many people that don’t follow baseball are still familiar with some of the players…. Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, etc…. Mike Kekich was born in 1945 in San Diego, CA. He moved through the minor leagues and made his major league debut with the LA Dodgers in 1965. The interesting part starts a few years later when he is playing with the New York Yankees.
In the summer of 1972, the biggest trade in Yankees history originated at a party at Allen’s house in Westchester County, when pitcher Mike Kekich drove home with the wife of pitcher Fritz Peterson, and Peterson drove home with Mrs. Kekich.
Several months later, the Times splashed a headline across four columns: “2 Yankees Disclose Family Exchange.” In separate interviews, the men explained that Peterson had moved in with Mrs. Kekich and the Kekich kids, and Kekich had unpacked his bags with Mrs Peterson. Every newspaper and broadcast news show in the country was on the story in minutes, displaying a previously unacknowledged interest in the sex life of professional athletes. Fritz and Mike tried to make the point that they had swapped lives, not wives, but Commissioner Bowie Kuhn nonetheless declared that he was appalled.But the Susanne Kekich–Marilyn Peterson trade was undoubtedly the most memorable thing that happened to the Yankees during that miserable season. The alpha animal at the head of the Yankees sex pack was undoubtedly Mickey Mantle. In 1973, when the ex-Yankees were asked to add their two cents to the Stadium’s fiftieth anniversary plans by recalling their “outstanding event at Yankee Stadium.” Mantle wrote, “I got a blow job under the right field bleachers by the Yankee bull pen.”
As it turned out, Kekich and Marilyn Peterson couldn’t make it work, while Peterson and the former Susanne Kekich have been married for 37 years. In other words: two relationships just like a million other relationships, except this one was played out in public, in pinstripes.
Mr Kekich is rumored to be remarried and living in New Mexico. He was supposedly panic-stricken when he found out that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were in the beginning phases of a film about the historic incident.
Interesting that one of the funniest and most memorable Yankee moments dealt with a Serbian American. 🙂 VOLIM VAS!!!