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Fritz Peterson

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The Resume

    (February 8, 1942-April 11, 2024)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name is Fred Ingels Peterson
    Pitcher for the New York Yankees (1966-74), Cleveland Indians (1974-76) and the Texas Rangers (1976)
    Author of the books 'Mickey Mantle Is Going to Heaven,' 'The Art of De-Conditioning: Eating Your Way to Heaven' and 'When the Yankees Were on the Fritz: Revisiting the Horace Clarke Era'

Why he might be annoying:

    He is remembered for swapping wives with his teammate Mike Kekich, prior to the start of 1973 Spring Training.
    On top of that, he swapped children and family pets with Kekich, which made things all the more weird.
    He was booed at every American League stadium he played in when he pitched, after the swap became public knowledge.
    His unorthodox swinging lifestyle prompted the Yankees to trade him a year later.
    He was relatively inconsistent as a starting pitcher.
    He never played in a post-season game with the Yankees.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was a promising hockey player, before opting to switch to baseball full-time.
    He recorded his best statistical season when he posted a 20-11 record, earning his first All-Star Game appearance (1970.)
    To date, he holds the major league record of having the lowest ratio of base on balls per innings by a left-handed pitcher.
    He overcame cancer on two occasions.
    He still remains married to Susanne Kekich 50 years after his wife swap became public.

Credit: Eddie Burphy

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 108 Votes: 87.96% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying