View Full Version : The "Trade" heard round the world

04-22-2009, 03:18 PM
I'm only 26 so I wasn't around when this happened, but maybe some others that were can enlighten us. How strange. I think what's stranger is I've never heard of it before:


04-22-2009, 03:43 PM
I remember when it happened well. I haven't heard the ending until now. Thanks for bringing it up.

04-22-2009, 03:48 PM
WOW, great story.

Dick Allen
04-22-2009, 09:27 PM
I remember this well, that Kekich seemed to come out the big loser. Fritz Peterson is a Mount Prospect native.

04-22-2009, 10:00 PM
I remember this well, that Kekich seemed to come out the big loser. Fritz Peterson is a Mount Prospect native.

Veeck signed Peterson as a free-agent before the 1977 season. I can't remember if it was a publicity stunt or the Sox really thought he might be another low-priced reclamation project, like Eric Soderholm. Either way, Peterson failed to break camp with the team, and he never pitched again.

04-22-2009, 10:00 PM
That's one of the strangest stories I've ever read. Wow.

04-22-2009, 10:27 PM
I'd forgotten about this. I just remember hearing about it at the time and thinking how weird it was. Not a big surprise that there weren't any real happy endings.

Lip Man 1
04-22-2009, 10:46 PM
Jim Bouton wrote about it in Ball Four back in the early 70's.


04-25-2009, 12:44 PM
I remember it well, the 70s was a crazy decade and this was 1 bizarre story out of many.

04-25-2009, 02:10 PM
I read Ball Four, and I certainly was around for the '70s, but I only have a vague recollection of this. It certainly was a strange story!

04-25-2009, 04:58 PM
As usual with these sorts of stories, it seems as though one of the newly created couples really wanted to leave their spouses to be together and the other two people . . . well, they didn't stay together long. John Irving published a novel around the same time called The 158-Pound Marriage, about wife-swapping in academia. It was a simpler time.

04-26-2009, 05:58 AM
And up until a few years ago you could have met Fritz Peterson anytime you wanted, he was dealing blackjack at the Grand Victoria in Elgin.

He barely missed out on playing enough years in MLB to get the full MLB pension.

I believe he stopped working at the casino once Matt Damon and Ben Affleck bought the rights to the story and began working on a screen play about this story.