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The Strangest Trade In Baseball History - Wife Swap?

Culture | November 1, 2017

Although you may or may not have heard of wife swapping; also known as “swinging,” I am going to go out on a limb and say that you probably have. Make no mistake though, while men swap wives, the wives also swap husbands. Couples that enjoy this lifestyle are of the opinion that being monogamous is not necessarily for everyone; especially them… married or not! The foundation of this lifestyle is that 2 people can be in committed relationships but also share themselves sexually with other couples. The term “open marriage” comes to mind.

Sharing and swapping sexual partners is not necessarily widely condoned in America’s current day and age. In fact, many civilized cultures find it distasteful. The practice, however, for some, is embraced and is nothing more than curiosity. Men, as well as women, are often seeking to add variety into their conventional sex lives. Some even report that it has improved their relationships. Morally/physically healthy or not, couples are exploring this very practice; some even calling it an outlet.

Swinging, or partner swapping, at least in part, spawned from the carefree attitudes of sexuality beginning with the counterculture in the 1960’s. The availability of birth control pills and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) seemingly allowed people to let their guard down. After all, monogamy was the best-known way to safeguard against unwanted pregnancies and STDs… problem solved!  

Although the practice of partner sharing has been going on for years in many cultures, one of the first accounts, and most publicized stories of this lifestyle in the United States, was brought to light in the 1970’s when 2 Yankee Pitchers did just that! America’s FAVORITE pastime (baseball) was about to meet its match! Although Americans love baseball (and sports in general), it surly takes a backseat to sex! Baseball seemed to embody the heart of America, until… BAM! New York Yankee baseball players decided to swap wives in 1973 and blew our collective minds! Pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich swapped not only wives but families too. The women will tell you that is was actually a husband swap!

While the U.S.A. was still struggling with changing its attitude about sexuality, society was not ready to openly condone these relationships. The story was truly sensational! The players (wives included) had no idea that there would be such a media frenzy. It was almost as if they had let down their beloved sport. It was what it was, though. They never looked back!

At times (mostly male) athletes are thought of as nothing more than “big children.” Don’t be fooled though… Athletes are not the only ones eager to explore this lifestyle. As far as we have come and even in 2017, the swing lifestyle is not widely embraced. In the end, the New York Yankee couples divorced. Fritz Peterson married his teammates former wife and claims not to look back. Kekich and Peterson’s wife, however, did not fare as well and ultimately broke up. Sometimes the trade works out and sometimes it doesn’t!

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Rebeka Knott

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Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.