Joe Pepitone, a former Major League Baseball player, passed away on March 13, 2023, at the age of 82. His death was mourned by fans and former teammates alike, as Pepitone was known for his talent on the field and his larger-than-life personality off of it.
Born on October 9, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York, Pepitone was a gifted athlete from a young age. He signed with the New York Yankees in 1958 and made his Major League debut in 1962. Over the course of his 17-year career, Pepitone played for several teams, including the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves. However, it was his time with the Yankees that defined his career.
Pepitone was a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. He was known for his outstanding defense at first base, where he won two of his Gold Gloves. He was also a strong hitter, with a career batting average of .258 and 219 home runs. In addition to his skills on the field, Pepitone was known for his flamboyant style, including his love of designer clothes, flashy cars, and hair styling products.
Off the field, Pepitone had a reputation for his wild lifestyle. He struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction throughout his career and was known for his partying and womanizing. Despite these challenges, he remained a beloved figure in the baseball world, and many former teammates and fans remembered him fondly after his passing.
In recent years, Pepitone had been open about his struggles with addiction and had written a memoir, "Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud," in which he discussed his life and career. He also appeared in several documentaries and reality TV shows, including "The Celebrity Apprentice" and "The Bronx is Burning."
Pepitone's death was a loss to the baseball world, but his legacy will live on through his impressive career and colorful personality. He will be remembered as a talented player and a larger-than-life figure who brought joy and excitement to the game of baseball.