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In his nine years as a Yankees pitcher, Fritz Peterson had a 109-106 record, with a 3.10 ERA and 893 strikeouts. Between 1969 and 1972, Peterson was one of the most successful left handed pitchers in baseball; only Mike Cuellar, Mickey Lolich and Dave McNally won more games in the American League than Peterson did during those four years. He is ninth on the Yankees All-Time Games Started list, and tenth on the All-Time Yankees Innings Pitched list.
Fritz had the best season of his career in 1970, with a 20-11 record (2.90 ERA, 127 strikeouts). He went 15-13 in 1971 (3.05 ERA, 130 strikeouts), 17-15 in 1972 (3.24 ERA, 100 strikeouts). In 1969 and 1970, Peterson had the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the AL. Peterson also led the league in fewest walks per 9 innings pitched 5 years in a row, 1968-1972. The last pitcher who did that 5 years in a row was Cy Young. In 1970 and 1975, he had the 10th-best win-loss percentages in the league.
During the final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 21, 2008, ESPN Sports announced that Fritz Peterson had the all-time lowest earned run average at Yankee Stadium, with a 2.52 ERA. Whitey Ford was second with a 2.55 ERA. The honor is permanent since Yankee Stadium has been demolished. Peterson was the starting pitcher for the Yankees in the last game played at the original Yankee Stadium, which was completely renovated after the final game of the 1973 season.
Peterson never played in a post-season game with the Yankees. “Mediocre at best,” Peterson said of the Yankee teams that followed the Mantle-Maris era of the mid to late 1960's.“Pathetic at worst.”
Fritz The Author:
Fritz Peterson released his first book, Mickey Mantle Is Going to Heaven in July 2009. Eventually, Peterson says, "he plans to meet Mantle there and talk about old times." Sports author Maury Allen is quoted as saying, "Fritz's book is even better than Jim Bouton's Ball Four."
He is the author of The Art of De-Conditioning: Eating Your Way to Heaven, where he writes about his decision to "accept his own eating habits and no longer worry about his weight affecting him on the field."
His third book, When the Yankees Were on the Fritz: Revisiting the Horace Clarke Era, looks at a low-point in Yankee history when the team could not win a pennant despite the pitching combination of Peterson and Mel Stottlemyre.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are in development on a movie based on Peterson and former teammate Mike Kekich, and own the rights to "The Trade," based on a book by Allen. The project is at Warner Brothers, and Jay Roach has signed on as director. Peterson will serve as a consultant to Warner Brothers.
Fritz Peterson will be appearing in person September 13th 2015 at the East Dover First Aid Building. For more info CLICK HERE