Fritz Peterson is the all time ERA leader at the Old Yankee Stadium, as said in the title. Peterson also had a career ERA of 3.30 and 133 wins. Peterson pitched in an all star game and was a 20 game winner. Frtiz is also known for "the trade," in which he swapped families with a Yankee teammate and best friend. Peterson recently reached out to Pinstripe Alley to tell us about his recently released book, "Mickey Mantle is Going to Heaven." He sent me the foreword and within the foreword (which you can receive in an email from me if you'd like) Maury Allen says that the book is even better than "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton.
Peterson agreed to answer some questions about the book and his career and life in general. Here's the Q&A.
Brandon C: Tell the readers a little more about your book?
Fritz Peterson: The book, "Mickey Mantle is Going to Heaven", was written to clear up a few things I had on my mind for many years and to give people a little look at what really went on in the clubhouse at Mets any chance I can.during my years there. There are some really funny things that happened and some very sad ones. I even get to play God in the book. It is a good read and especially for true Yankee fans. I slam the
BC: I'm sure everyone would want me to ask about "The Trade," so can you give the readers some info on it?
FP: The "Trade" was something that was never planned by any of us. It just happened! The book clarifies the distortions that the media made of the situation and sets the record straight on a few subjects. It was an honest attempt of the 4 of us to "find happiness". It seemed like it would work. I am sorry it didn't work out for Mike and Marilyn but both ended up marrying very nice people subsequently. Susan and I have been married for over 36 years now.
BC: You are known as one of a select group of former players that liked Jim Bouton...why do you think he was so disliked and why did you not have the same feelings as everyone else?
BC: How did it feel to pitch in a Yankees uniform at Yankee Stadium? How about having the all time lowest ERA at the old Yankee Stadium?
FP: Pitching in a Yankee uniform was a tremendous feeling. As I said in my book, "I'd rather have been on a losing Yankee team than a World Champion Met's team" (or any other team for that matter). When the stats came out on the last day of the season in 2008 that I had the lowest career ERA in Yankee Stadium history, I couldn't believe it! I was shocked! From a little suburb in Illinois to a #1 position in Yankee Stadium was more than a dream come true. I am still shocked--and honored.