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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432743848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432743840
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,052 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 wrote his book with no co-author. 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 book down once they start. It's a good read.

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I can't say I've done that very often while reading!
Anthony Ficca
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.
MINT PROS
Fritz Peterson has let his personal animosities and his evangelical slant on things get in the way of what could have been an amusing book.
Vivian Tremayne

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anthony 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 3 people found the following review helpful By L. LaRossa on January 1, 2012
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After reading reviews, I was expecting something special. Instead, what I got were the same rehashed stories that have been published many times before(how many times can you hear about the powder in Joe Pepitone's hair dryer?)and Peterson's insipid predictions about who is and isn't going to Heaven. Religion is obviously pretty important to the author;if it isn't to you...definitely skip this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Stevens on September 8, 2009
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Fritz gives us an inside view of what baseball was in the 60's, 70's and early 80's. Insight to players we otherwise wouldn't know or be able to relate to in the manner his book brings out. We are able to see players in a different light. Who would think of a pitcher pitching to a batter to give them the possibility of ending their career with a .300 batting average? The humor of the pranks players played on each other, the struggles with lifes trials and the religious backgrounds that brought many of them together. This is Fritz's testimony to life, his career and his religion. I enjoyed every word in the book, would recommend it to anyone intrested in the game and will cherish the signed copy he gave us.
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2 of 2 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine Bublitz on August 16, 2009
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Mickey Mantle Is Going To HeavenThis is a book that you won't be able to put down. It captivates every part of your very soul. The author is funny at times,interesting,informative and will touch your heart. I want to get the book for everyone in my life that I love. It's that important!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Tremayne on April 1, 2013
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Fritz Peterson has let his personal animosities and his evangelical slant on things get in the way of what could have been an amusing book. He has the background to tell insider stories, but not the ability or the objectivity. Any sports fan would be far better off reading other players' books - just about ANY other player's book, instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Nova on March 8, 2013
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Fritz uses a lot of them!

Fritz also has a pretty clear idea of who and who isn't going to be a "first round draft choice", his way of saying "going to Heaven"

SPOILER: Mantle and Murcer yes, Kekich and Bouton no.

Some of the stories are pretty good, but there's not a lot of humility in somebody basically designating himself as Heaven's Bouncer.

It's not a very good read, either as a book about baseball or about spirituality.
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