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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I wish I could give this book zero stars. First, it's very poorly written though that might be something others can forgive. But the entire premise of who is going to heaven and who is going to spend eternity in a location with a much hotter climate is beyond offensive. According to Mr. Peterson, the only requirement for getting a ticket to heaven is that one accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. It doesn't matter if one leads a life based on integrity, kindness, generosity, sincerity and ethical behavior. Basically, you can do whatever you want (cheat, steal, exchange wives & children, abuse alcohol and drugs, rape, pillage, mistreat people, etc...) and as long as you accept Jesus Christ, you're a shoe-in for Heaven. According to Mr. Peterson, Thurman Munson isn't in Heaven and Ron Blomberg won't be there either. Thurman wasn't Heaven-worthy? Really? Grumpy persona notwithstanding, from all accounts he was an honest, hard-working man who was as good a father as any child could hope to have. Even other players' children adored him. And he'd visit children in hospitals without calling a press conference to announce it. No reports of him ever having been unfaithful to his wife. Worst things he probably did were to yell too much and, on occasion, use a little too much pine tar. I suppose there's still hope for Ron Blomberg to get into Heaven. All he has to do is announce on his death bed that JC is his main man. Hey, you never know.
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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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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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I was disappointed in the Author's "Over The Top" Proselytizing(sp?) about Which Former Yankee Teammates were going to Heaven! He Throws Whitey Ford and Mike Kekich UNDER THE BUS, saying they're "not saved" even though Fritz Peterson was Best Friends and Swapped Wives with Kekich.
And Last I checked, Whitey Ford was a Pretty Decent Guy.....Right up there with Yogi Berra among Greatest Living Yankees, making a Grand Entrance on Old Timer's Day.
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Peterson shares his career and stories of teammates, of which he includes Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer, Jim Bouton, Roger Maris, and more. Concludes each chapter with his thoughts on their location after death.

Includes a load of pranks pulled. Occasional insight. Includes 15 pages of B/W pictures, a glossary, and additional things to consider.
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