Sure, there have been a lot of famous trades in baseball history, but none more controversial than this one. In 1973, two Yankee teammates literally traded both their wives and families.
When Yankees pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson held back to back press conferences in 1973, no one was prepared for what they were about to announce. The two explained that they were swapping families — Kekitch would be moving in with Peterson’s ex-wife Marilyn and their children, and Peterson would be moving in with Mike’s wife Susanne, and their children.
Although key swapping, swinging, and free love were a major subculture in the 70s, the two baseball players insisted there was nothing sordid about the situation. They said that the couples had spent a lot of time together and, during that time, new feelings began to develop.
The news sent shockwaves throughout the sports world, and MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn stated, “I deplore what happened and am appalled at its effect on young people. It’s a regrettable situation that does not good for sports in general.”
In the end, the switch had mixed results. Peterson and Susanne married in 1974, and still remained happily married. But Kekich and Marilyn only lasted a few years together.