Sunday, May 23, 2010
MEMO TO TALK HOSTS: TELL US THE REST OF THE STORY! - MIKE IN DA - MAY 24, 2010
Date Posted: 05-24-2010
Your dentist occasionally doesn’t feel up to sterilizing his or her instruments? So what. Once in a while your auto mechanic only says he replaced the brake pads? He’s entitled. Sometimes, a local sports talk host doesn't finish what he started. Hey, it's his show; he can do what he wants. Okay, so these guys all got lazy this time.
One of my biggest complaints with many of our local sports talk hosts, especially the younger ones, is that they may bring up a topic, incident, story, etc., and then for some reason, never follow up on it to conclusion, especially with the Internet right in front of them. They get lazy. This happens a lot, but one story that sticks out, is one that I am very familiar with, as it deals with the Yankees.
After mentioning the flick that is expected to be released in 2012, David dropped the ball and never told us “the rest of the story” of the wife swapping after “teasing” the audience, many of whom may not have been familiar with the story, since it happened almost four decades ago.
Luckily for David, co-host Hoffy and Richard Justice, who was that day's in-studio guest, knew of the incident and Justice even knew Kekich's wife's first name. But nobody was able to tell us what happened to the players' careers after that. It would have been nice if David had told the whole story, not just the dribs and drabs we got from Hoffy and Richard. The story follows.
Peterson was a very good pitcher for some not so good Yankee teams, according to Yankee standards, from 1966-74. However, he is better remembered today for swapping families with teammate Kekich, an arrangement the pair announced at spring training in March 1973. Peterson and Kekich had been inseparable friends since 1969; both families lived in New Jersey, their children were about the same age, and often the families would hang out or go on vacations together.
The affair began in 1972, when the two couples joked on a double date about wife swapping, something that caught on in some uninhibited circles during the early 1970s. According to the story, the first swap took place that summer, after a party at the home of a New York sportswriter.
They decided that they would one day trade wives, children, and even dogs and the couples made the changes official in October 1972; Kekich moving in with Marilyn Peterson and Peterson with Susanne Kekich, but no word leaked out until spring training of 1973. There were jokes galore about the swap, including the one that the Yanks might have to call off "Family Day" that season.
I predict the flick will be a bomb, unless they make a comedy out of it.
Now you know the rest of the story.