Monday, September 18, 2017

no. 703 - mike kekich

Who is the man: Mike Kekich split time between starting and the bullpen for the second straight year with the Yankees in 1970. In 1971, he'd reach double figures in wins for the first time.

Can ya dig it: The dude in yellow on top of the dugout looks like he's having a good time.

Right on: This is the first time Kekich is pictured in a Yankees uniform on a Topps card despite being listed with the Yankees in both the 1969 and 1970 Topps sets. He's featuring an airbrushed cap in '69 and hatless in '70.

You see that cat Kekich is a bad mother: Kekich, who was touted by some as a future Sandy Koufax while in the Dodgers' chain, pitched one of the best games by a Dodgers pitcher against the Mets in Dodger Stadium. Kekich tossed a complete-game, one-hitter in a 2-0 victory for L.A. in 1968. Kekich struck out 11 and walked two.

Shut your mouth: While pitching in Venezuela, Kekich ruptured his spleen while trying to break up a fight between players on the field. Kekich has said he was "20 minutes from death" after the injury.

No one understands him but his woman: Kekich emerged as the odd-man-out in the famed "family swap" that he made with Yankees teammate Fritz Peterson in 1972. Kekich had fallen for Peterson's wife, Marilyn, and the couples agreed to switch lives. Susanne Kekich became Fritz Peterson's wife and Marilyn Mike Kekich's wife. They also swapped kids and dogs. But while Susanne stayed married to Fritz, Marilyn and Mike split after just a few months. Mike Kekich later remarried.

(A word about the back): Hey! A floating head! It's been awhile.

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