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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432743848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432743840
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fritz Peterson pitched for the New York Yankees from 1966-1974 and ended up with the lowest earned run average in the history of Old Yankee Stadium, 2.52. Whitey Ford was second with a 2.58 era.
Fritz was also involved in the most highly publized trade in sports history when he and a teammate traded wives in 1972.
Fritz was also known as the best prankster in baseball during his career with the Yankees.
This 20 game winner was also an All Star for the American League in 1970 and is in the top 10 in many pitching categories for the most famous baseball franchise in the world, the New York Yankees.
Fritz has 2 post graduate degrees in Education from Northern Illinois University and wrires his books with no co-authors or ghost writers. It is pure Fritz as he combines sports stories with historical facts unknown even to Yankee fans throughout the world. Readers can't put the books down once they start and are good reads. His latest book, "When the Yankees Were on the Fritz" is available in print form from and in the Ebook format at
He has 2 books on the table right now, "Pinstripe Pranks," and "Fritz's Fans Speak Out."

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tony Ficca on December 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
A little trivia for baseball enthusiasts: who had the lowest E.R.A. ever in "The House that Ruth Built"?; It's Fritz Peterson! Who knew? After reading his book, I also learned who the All-Time Yankee Prankster was, once again.... it's Fritz! I Literally L.O.L.'ed on several occasions. I can't say I've done that very often while reading!
Without the use of a co-author, the anecdotes retain their innocence (so to speak). Peterson's accounts of practical jokes and horseplay involving Pepitone, Skowron, Munson, Murcer and Clete Boyer,and countless other Yankee greats that he had the privilege of playing with, are straight from the horses' mouth. I felt as though I was sitting along side of him on the bench along with Mantle, Maris and Ford and Billy Martin just shootin' the breeze.
The former Yankee (and typically flaky south paw) finally speaks out. Until now, his voice was shrouded by Yankee scrutiny. Black-balled due to the most scandalous trade in baseball history: swapping entire families with team mate Mike Kekich, he has kept a low profile. The time has arrived; he comes forth with treasured stories that were buried behind the Yankees hallowed walls.
This is required reading for all Yankee fans, however if you were unfortunate enough to have suffered through the period referred to as "the Horace Clarke era" as I was, you'll get an extra kick out of this very enjoyable read.
Woven in with priceless, side-splitting stories, the crafty lefty puts an interesting spin on theology. Fritz concludes each chapter by passing final judgement upon his peers, and determining their eternal destiny. His intentions are pure and the "playing God" act is quite amusing, although the message is not to be taken lightly; it hits home solidly. Fritz could not be more serious when it comes to his faith, although his delivery is extremely entertaining. A home run on my scorecard.
Anthony Ficca
Hawthorne, NJ
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MINT PROS on August 27, 2009
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Truly a great book by former Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson. Fritz tells his side of the story about "the most famous trade" in baseball history as well as stories of his great friends and teammates Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer and Johnny Blanchard.
This book is not just a "must" for Yankee, baseball or sports fans but everyone will find his story captivating on a personel and entertainment level. His reputation of playing practical jokes on Moose Skowron, Joe Pepitone and Hank Bauer are well portrayed and will live in baseball folklore. Fritz dosent pull any punches when it comes to his battle with cancer and finding comfort in his religious beliefs. He opens up about some of his teamates who didn't give 100% on or off the field and where the future of baseball and life will take us.
I was pleasently surprised to find out that Fritz has the lowest ERA (Earned Run average) of any Yankee pitcher who ever pitched for the Yankees at the original "House That Ruth Built". An amazing accomplishment considering that he exceeded Yankee Legends Whitey Ford and Ron Guidry.
I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2013
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I could look the other way about the terrible grammar and editing, but I can't disregard Peterson's know all attitude as to "who is going to heaven." To be so judgemental as to assume that because Mickey Mantle, who from all accounts led a selfish life, is going to heaven, because he found Christ, but Thurman Munson, who led a good family life is not is the premise of this egocentric garbage. This dismissive book, even has the nerve to say that Ron Blomberg won't go to heaven, not because he is a Jew, but because he didn't accept Christ as his savoir. I am sure, if there is a God, he or she is not sending the majority of mankind to hell, because they don't believe as Mr. Peterson believes. .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on December 31, 2009
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For many, becoming a major league baseball player is the ultimate fantasy; of course, very few achieve such lofty status, and even fewer become famous in their professions.

Fritz Peterson played major league baseball for over a decade; toiling as a very talented pitcher for the once mighty New York Yankees, who just happened to be entering a period of poor performance like no other period of Yankee baseball, since the Bambino first cursed the Boston Red Sox (1920) by joining the Bronx Bombers in time for their remarkable ascent to baseball supremacy. Peterson's rookie season (1966) happened to coincide with a shocking last place finish for the Yankees, although he was certainly not to blame for their fall from the mountaintop.

He had a front row seat of the Yankee decline, as greats like Mantle and Maris were coming to the end of the line; it would not be until after Peterson made his exit from the Yankee organization that they'd have a return to glory; led by the controversial and outspoken slugger, Reggie Jackson, aka Mr October. Although New York was swept by the powerful Cincinnati Reds in the '76 World Series, the Yankees were back to full glory during the next couple of seasons; and the controversy that surrounded them was almost as compelling as their level of accomplishment. Love 'em or hate 'em, the Yankees were never dull, that's for sure.

Fritz Peterson's memoir makes for an interesting perspective, since it was his lifestyle that made headlines in the '70s; not his skill as a pitcher. For reasons that many of us will never comprehend, Peterson switched wives with a fellow teammate, and was very public about the trade; no players to be named later; no endorsements to be enhancing the scandal.
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