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Ex-Yankees pitcher Fritz Peterson, who traded families with teammate, dead at 82 WFTV [Video]

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Fritz Peterson, a former 20-game winner for the New York Yankees who famously swapped families with teammate Mike Kekich in 1973, has died. He was 82.

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The team and Northern Illinois University, where Peterson starred before his major league career, announced his death on Friday. No cause of death was given, nor did either say when or where he died, The New York Times reported. Former teammate Ron Blomberg wrote in a Facebook post that he had heard about Peterson’s death “several weeks ago” but did not believe it until Saturday.

Peterson had overcome prostate cancer and revealed in 2018 that he had Alzheimer’s disease, according to CBS Sports.

In a statement, the Yankees said that Peterson would be “greatly missed.”

“The Yankees are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Fritz Peterson, who was a formidable pitcher and affable presence throughout his nine years in pinstripes,” the team …

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