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New York Yankees Pitching Legend Dies At 82

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Fritz Peterson

Fritz Peterson, who was a left-handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1966 to 1973, has reportedly died at the age of 82. No cause of death was immediately revealed.

Peterson was notoriously involved in controversy during the 1973 season, in which he actually traded wives with a teammate named Mike Kekich. The announcement of Peterson’s wife trade was made at the Yankees spring training. My, how the times have changed.

The New York Yankees released the following statement on Peterson’s death,

“The Yankees are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Fritz Peterson, who was a formidable pitcher and affable presence throughout his nine years in pinstripes. Along with longtime teammate Mel Stottlemyre, Peterson was part of a devastating one-two combination at the top of the Yankees’ rotation.

A known prankster and well-liked among his teammates and coaches, Peterson had an outgoing personality and inquisitive nature that brought lightheartedness to the clubhouse on a regular basis and belied his prowess on the mound — most notably his impeccable control, which was among the best in the Majors.

Peterson will be greatly missed by the Yankees, and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Susanne, and the entire Peterson family.”

New York Yankees Statement On Death Of Fritz Peterson

The legendary pitcher had a 20-win season in 1970. Overall, he went 133-131 with a 3.30 ERA and 90 complete games in 355 career appearances for three different baseball teams.

Peterson spent time with the Yankees, the Cleveland Indians (now Guardians), and the Texas Rangers.

As stated previously, we do not have an official cause of death for Peterson, however, we do know that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. Peterson revealed that diagnosis in 2018. He had also been previously treated for prostate cancer.

The New York Yankees lost a legend today. While Peterson’s career may have somewhat been overshadowed by his wacky antics, including trading wives with a teammate, he was beyond solid for New York.

Rest in peace, Fritz Peterson.

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