Peterson-Kekich movie back on tap

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Courtesy of ‘Duk at Big League Stew comes word that the wackiest of all baseball stories — long in development hell — may finally be coming to the big screen:

The Trade, a film that tells the true tale of
2 New York Yankees pitchers who caused a national scandal by swapping
wives in the sexually-free 1970s, has finally hit the big leagues. Ben Affleck has become attached to direct and potentially star in the Warner Bros film . . . Teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich stunned the country when they
disclosed in spring training 1973 that they were trading wives.
Peterson had fallen in love with Susanne Kekich and his teammate fell
in love with Marilyn Peterson. Fritz and Susanne remain a couple till
this day, while Mike and Marilyn drifted apart.

I seem to remember that the reason this movie was held up in the past was that Major League Baseball and/or the Yankees didn’t want to allow filmmakers to use their logos and names and stuff in a movie that would put them in an seedy or unseemly light.  That always seemed a bit fuddy-duddish to me. The Kekich-Peterson thing is more silly than immoral, more of a cultural curio than a social threat.