Mike Kekich

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Mike Kekich
Born: (1945-04-02) April 2, 1945 (age 70)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 9, 1965 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1977 for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 39–51
Earned run average 4.59
Strikeouts 497

Michael Dennis Kekich (born April 2, 1945 in San Diego, California) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners in parts of nine seasons spanning 1965–1977. In 1974, he played in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Kekich was a left-handed pitcher who began his career as a starter but later moved to the bullpen as a reliever. He had a modestly successful career in the Major Leagues, but he is best remembered for trading families with fellow Yankees pitcher Fritz Peterson before the 1973 season.[1] The trade worked out better for Peterson, who later married Kekich's wife, Susanne, than it did for Kekich, who soon broke up with Peterson's wife, Marilyn.[2]

After his big league career ended, Kekich attempted a comeback in the Mexican League, but this proved unsuccessful. He is remarried and currently resides near Albuquerque, New Mexico.


  1. ^ Blackman, Ted (March 7, 1973). "Flash: Fritz Peterson, Mike Kekich trade wives". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. p. 13. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ Moran, Sheila (July 31, 1977). "Kekich Swaps Troubles For Peace, Happiness". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Press. p. D-2. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 

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