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Comment: I was have been told, many times over, that the reason the
Chicago Cubs traded slugger Rafael Palmeiro in 1989 was because he slept
with Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg's wife. This is almost an accepted fact
here in Chicago, and I wonder where the rumor started and how true it is.

This makes sense on many levels:
-Ryne Sandberg was balling at his Hall of Fame induction when talking
about his second wife, whom he married after divorcing his first wife.
-The trade was lopsided - something I knew at the time despite being eight
years old: Palmeiro and Jaime Moyer, who is still pitching, for Paul
Kilgus, Mitch Williams and Drew Hill (I think).
-Considering Palmeiro has been suspended for steroids, in puts his morals
into question anyway.
-Dave Martinez, also rumored to have slept with Sandberg's wife, left the
Cubs around the same time, and re-signed with the team a few years after
Sandberg retired for the second time.

This seems significant, considering it is a feud between a man in the Hall
of Fame and a man who soon will be - that is, if the steroid thing doesn't
keep him out.

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First of all, Palmeiro was hardly a "slugger" in 1989. He had 8 HRs in 156 games.

Secondly, who the NFBSK cares?

LikeHey"At least he banged her before the 'roid shrinkage took effect"Scoob

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
...This is almost an accepted fact
here in Chicago...

Life-long Chicagoan here who has never heard that.

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Same as Nurple

Well I got transplanted to philly, but we have them to thank for Ryno anyway.

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baseball players sleep with each others wives all the time.. when they arnt busy in the shower with each other ;0
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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
-Ryne Sandberg was balling at his Hall of Fame induction when talking
about his second wife, whom he married after divorcing his first wife.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who found this misspelling humorous, given the context.

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quote:
Originally posted by Not_Done_Living:
baseball players sleep with each others wives all the time..

Except Chuck Knobloch. Nobody wants to sleep with Chuck Knobloch.

Yeah, I'm a lifelong Cubs fan and Chicago native and I've never heard this before. There were other reasons for the trade as the Cubs had to pick between Mark Grace and Palmerio to be their 1st baseman. Not everybody thought Raffy would turn into a slugger. And the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

It COULD be true, but I've never heard it.

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Why am I reminded of the movie Major League, when Ricky Vaughn gets picked up by Roger Dorn's wife after he's sent to the bullpen for the playoff game. Or Ball Four by Jim Bouton, who mentions how two players swapped everything including families at spring training one year.

So is this possible? I'd say yes. Did it happen? I'd say no.

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quote:
Originally posted by DAnnino:
Or Ball Four by Jim Bouton, who mentions how two players swapped everything including families at spring training one year.

Ball Four was published after the 1969 season.

Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson announced they switched lives in 1973. Indeed, they swapped it all -- wives, houses, cars and kids.

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quote:
Originally posted by Pogue Ma-humbug:
quote:
Originally posted by DAnnino:
Or Ball Four by Jim Bouton, who mentions how two players swapped everything including families at spring training one year.

Ball Four was published after the 1969 season.

Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson announced they switched lives in 1973. Indeed, they swapped it all -- wives, houses, cars and kids.

Pogue

Did Biouton write a later book that featured that story, 'casue I swear he's the source.

Or maybe I'm confused. [Confused]

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quote:
Originally posted by DAnnino:
Did Biouton write a later book that featured that story, 'casue I swear he's the source.

Or maybe I'm confused. [Confused]

Time Magazine article from March 1973 - whether Bouton later wrote about it or not, it didn't first become public knowledge through a book.
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Heck, I remember reading about it in the Daily News. The two couples held a press conference to announce it, IIRC.

But Bouton did update the book (in 2000, I believe), and he may have included the story in it.

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I never knew of any affairs between players and the wives of teammates, but I heard whispers about some stuff one other teams. I will say I had the opportunity but turned it down. I would guess that players having affairs (or one nighters) with teammates' wives is about as common as that happening in any social circle.

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I've heard a variation on this rumor concerning Eric Lindros and Rod Brindamour when both played for the Philadelphia Flyers. Apparently Eric NFBSKed Rod's wife. Brindamour took steps to defend his honor that resulted in Lindros getting one of his many concussions, and Brindamour was subsequently traded.
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