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Encyclopedia > Joe Pepitone
Joe Pepitone
First Base, Outfield
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB Debut
April 10, 1962 for the New York Yankees
Final game
May 25, 1973 for the Atlanta Braves
Career Statistics
Batting average     .258
Home runs     219
Runs scored     606
Teams
Career Highlights and Awards
  • 3-time AL All-Star (1963, 1964 & 1965)
  • 3-time AL Gold Glove Award Winner (1965, 1966, 1969)
  • 5 20 Home Run Seasons (1963, 1964, 1966, 1969 & 1970)
  • 1 30 Home Run Season (1966)
  • 1 100 RBI Season (1964)

Joseph Anthony Pepitone (born October 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder for the New York Yankees (1962-1969), Houston Astros (1970), Chicago Cubs (1970-1973) and the Atlanta Braves (1973). Image File history File links Joepepitone. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Ballpark Turner Field (1997–present) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1966-1996) Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee) (1953-1965) Braves Field (Boston) (1915-1952) Fenway Park... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Minute Maid Park (2002-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (1) 2005 Central Division titles (4) 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 West Division titles (2) [1][2] 1986 â€¢ 1980 Wild card berths... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Ballpark Turner Field (1997–present) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1966-1996) Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee) (1953-1965) Braves Field (Boston) (1915-1952) Fenway Park... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic or Midsummer Night Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... October 9 is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Minute Maid Park (2002-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (1) 2005 Central Division titles (4) 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 West Division titles (2) [1][2] 1986 â€¢ 1980 Wild card berths... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Ballpark Turner Field (1997–present) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1966-1996) Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee) (1953-1965) Braves Field (Boston) (1915-1952) Fenway Park... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...

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Baseball Career

In 1958, Pepitone was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent. After playing four seasons in the minor leagues, he broke in with the Yankees in 1962, playing behind Moose Skowron at first base. A much-discussed legend was that while on his way to 1962 spring training in Florida, Pepitone spent his entire $25,000 signing bonus. He bought a Ford Thunderbird, a boat which he towed with the Thunderbird, and a dog. He arrived at Yankees Spring Training in Fort Lauderdale with a new car, a new boat, a new dog, and was wearing a new shark-skin suit. 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans... Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... William Joseph Moose Skowron Jr. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... A legend (Latin, legenda, things to be read) is a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Ford Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog is a mammal in the order Carnivora. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Nickname: Venice of America Location of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida. ... Orders Carcharhiniformes Heterodontiformes Hexanchiformes Lamniformes Orectolobiformes Pristiophoriformes Squaliformes Squatiniformes Sharks (superorder Selachimorpha) are fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton[1] and a streamlined body. ...


Pepitone had a powerful swing and an excellent glove, and some of Pepitone's tougher friends thought he should be the regular first baseman ahead of Skowron. They offered to help Joe out by breaking Skowron's legs; Pepitone declined. The Yankee brass believed he could handle the job, and before the 1963 season traded Skowron to the Dodgers. Pepitone responded admirably, hitting .271 with 27 HR and 89 RBI. He went on to win three Gold Gloves, but in the 1963 World Series he made an infamous error. With the score tied 1-1 in the seventh inning of Game Four, he lost a routine Clete Boyer throw in the white shirtsleeves of the Los Angeles crowd, and the batter, Jim Gilliam, went all the way to third base and scored the Series-winning run on a sacrifice fly. He redeemed himself somewhat in the 1964 Series Series against the Cardinals with a Game Six grand slam. 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The 1963 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers sweeping the Series in four games to capture their second title in five years. ... The word error has different meanings in different domains. ... Cletis Leroy “Clete” Boyer (born February 9, 1937 in Cassville, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... James William Gilliam (October 17, 1928 - October 8, 1978) was an African-American Major League Baseball player. ... The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ... The 1964 World Series, the 56th playing for the championship of Major League Baseball, pitted the National League champion St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,6,9,14,17,20,42,45,85 Name St. ... Grand Slam is a general sports term applied when achieving something special. ...


The ever-popular Pepitone remained a fixture throughout the decade, even playing centerfield after bad knees reduced Mickey Mantle's mobility. After the 1969 season he was traded to the Astros for Curt Blefary. Later he played for the Cubs and finished his major league career with the Braves. Centerfield is an album by musician John Fogerty, released in 1985. ... Human anatomy In human anatomy, the knee joint is a complex, compound, condyloid variety of a synovial joint. ... Mickey Mantle on a 1953 cover of Time Magazine. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1962-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Minute Maid Park (2002-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (1) 2005 Central Division titles (4) 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 West Division titles (2) [1][2] 1986 â€¢ 1980 Wild card berths... Curt Blefary, born Curtis Le Roy Blefary (July 5, 1943 - January 28, 2001), was a left fielder in Major League Baseball who played with the Baltimore Orioles (1965-68), Houston Astros (1969), New York Yankees (1970-71), Oakland Athletics (1971-1972) and San Diego Padres (1972). ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Ballpark Turner Field (1997–present) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1966-1996) Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee) (1953-1965) Braves Field (Boston) (1915-1952) Fenway Park...


In June of 1973, Pepitone accepted an offer of $70,000 a year to play for the Yakult Atoms, a professional baseball team in Japan's Central League. While in Japan, he hit .163 with one home run and two RBIs in 14 games played. According to an edition of Total Baseball, Pepitone spent his days in Japan goldbricking and nights in discos, behavior which led the Japanese to adopt his name into their language--as a word meaning "goof off". 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The Tokyo Yakult Swallows (Japanese: , Tōkyō Yakuruto Suwarōzu) are a professional baseball team in Japans Central League. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... See also: Central League (football) The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Pacific League). ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In baseball statistics, games played (denoted by G) indicates the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity). ...


Pepitone was a member of the 1963, 1964 and 1965 American League All Star Team. He won the Gold Glove award for first basemen in 1965, 1966 and 1969. The following are the events of the year 1963 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1964 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1965 throughout the world. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic or Midsummer Night Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 20 - The Baseball Writers Association of America voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ...


Jim Bouton talks extensively about Pepitone in his book Ball Four. Pepitone is described as being extremely vain. Bouton said that Pepitone went nowhere without a bag containing hair products for his rapidly balding head. Pepitone even had two toupees, one for general wear and one for under his baseball cap, which he called his "game piece." Bouton tells a humorous story about how the game piece came loose one day when Pepitone took off his cap for the national anthem. James Alan Bouton (born March 8, 1939 in Newark, New Jersey) was a Major League Baseball player and author of the controversial baseball book Ball Four, which was a combination diary of his 1969 season and memoir of his years with the New York Yankees. ... James Alan Bouton (born March 8, 1939 in Newark, New Jersey) was a Major League Baseball player and author of the controversial baseball book Ball Four, which was a combination diary of his 1969 season and memoir of his years with the New York Yankees. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In June of 1982, Petitone was hired as a batting coach with the Yankees, but was replaced by Lou Piniella later in the season. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lou Piniella being introduced as Cubs manager, October 17, 2006. ...


In the late '90s, Pepitone was given a job in the Yankees front office. // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ...


Problems After Baseball

Pepitone spent four months at Rikers Island jail in 1988 for two misdemeanor drug convictions after he and two other men were arrested on March 18, 1985 in Brooklyn after being stopped by the police for running a red light in a car containing 9 ounces of cocaine, 344 Quaaludes, a free-basing kit, a pistol and about $6,300 in cash. He was released from jail on a work-release program when Yankee owner George Steinbrenner offered him a job in minor league player development for the team. View of Rikers Island Rikers Island is the name of New York Citys largest jail facility, as well as the name of the 415 acre (1. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A misdemeanors (or misdemeanour), in many common law legal systems, is a lesser criminal act. ... March 18 is the 77th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (78th in leap years). ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Methaqualone1 is an addictive, sedative drug. ... Free-basing is the method by which cocaine is converted into its base form with the intent of making cocaine a smokeable drug. ... George Steinbrenner, The Boss George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio) often known as The Boss, is the principal owner of the New York Yankees. ...


In January of 1992, Pepitone was charged with misdemeanor assault in Kiamesha Lake, New York after a scuffle police said was triggered when Pepitone was called a has-been. He was arraigned in town court and released after he posted $75 bail. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Catskill State Park as seen from Overlook Mountian The Catskill Mountains are an extension of the Appalachian Mountains into New York State. ...


In October of 1995, the 55 year old Pepitone was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after losing control of his car in New York City's Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Police found Pepitone bloodied, disoriented and mumbling as he walked through the tunnel. Authorities charged Pepitone with drunken driving after he refused to take a sobriety test.."[1] Pepitone pled guilty. When asked if he was staying away from alcohol, Pepitone responded: "I don't drink that much."[2] 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Queens Midtown Tunnel is a toll road in New York City crosses under the East River and connects the Borough of Queens at Long Island City terminus of I-495 with the Borough of Manhattan between the major crosstown thoroughfares of 34th and 42nd Streets in the Midtown Manhattan...


Recently divorced from his third wife, Pepitone has managed to stay out of trouble for the past 10 years, and on October 9, 2006, he celebrated his 66th birthday. October 9 is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Today, Pepitone spends his time signing autographs and baseball memorabilia at autograph shows, as well as with his two youngest children (son B.J. and daughter Cara) and his grandchildren.


References

Books

  • Bouton, Jim. Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues (edited by Leonard Shecter). World Publishing Company, 1970, 400 pages. (ISBN 0-9709117-0-X)
  • Pepitone, Joe. Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud (with Berry Stainback). Playboy Press, 1975, 246 pages. (ISBN 0-872-23428-2)

Newspapers

  • PEPITONE IS GRATEFUL TO REJOIN YANKEES - New York Times article, June 6, 1982
  • PEPITONE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES - New York Times article, March 20, 1985
  • Pepitone Is Indicted - New York Times article, May 4, 1985
  • SPORTS PEOPLE; Pepitone Trial Starts - New York Times article, August 27, 1986
  • PEPITONE IS GUILTY OF LESSER CHARGES - New York Times article, September 18, 1986
  • PEPITONE SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL - New York Times article, October 23, 1986
  • Pepitone to Begin 6-Month Jail Term - New York Times article, May 17, 1988
  • Pepitone Hired by Yanks - New York Times article, July 15, 1988
  • Pepitone Is Released - New York Times article, September 15, 1988
  • SPORTS PEOPLE: BASEBALL; Pepitone in Scuffle at Hotel Lounge - New York Times article, January 10, 1992
  • SPORTS PEOPLE: BASEBALL; Pepitone Is Arrested - New York Times article, October 26, 1995
  • Joe Pepitone In Auto Plea - Newsday article, February 23, 1996

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Joe Pepitone | BaseballLibrary.com (1260 words)
Pepitone joined the Yankees in 1962, playing behind Moose Skowron at first base.
Pepitone had a powerful swing and an excellent glove, and some of Pepitone's tougher friends thought he should be the regular first baseman ahead of Skowron.
Pepitone briefly played baseball in Japan in 1973, but the regimented Japanese didn't know what to make of the free-spirited Pepitone, who was unhappy away from home.
Autographed Joe Pepitone Memorabilia (284 words)
Former Major League Baseball first baseman, Joe Pepitone is also an outfielder for the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves.
Pepitone was able to accomplish a.163 batting average with one home run and two runs batted in all in 14 games that he played.
Pepitone was also able to grab three Gold Glove awards for first baseman in 1965, 1966 and1969.
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