Joseph Anthony Pepitone, an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder, died at the age of 82, as per the announcement made by his team. The New York Yankees’ three-time All-Star player has played in Major League Baseball (MLB). Apart from the New York Yankees, Pepitone has also played for other major professional baseball teams, including Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and Houston Astros.
The sudden death of the renowned player was shocking news to his fans. As people are getting aware of the player’s demise, they are busy searching the internet for more details about the player. Check out the article to know more about the player who has created history with his skills in Baseball.
Who Is Joe Pepitone?
Joe Pepitone is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder who played for major American professional baseball teams.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States, on October 9, 1940. At the age of seventeen, he was shot by one of his classmates while at school. Although he was not injured much, his father passed away at the age of 39 after suffering a stroke.
Joe Pepitone Career In Baseball
Joe Pepitone started his career in baseball in 1958 after signing with the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent. He played around four seasons in the minor leagues prior to joining the Yankees in 1962, and by the end of the 1969 season, Pepitone was traded to the Houston Astros.
But since he wasn’t happy here, he planned to retire at the very beginning. But they traded him to the Chicago Cubs, and by 1972, Pepitone took a hiatus from the team and returned. Later, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves, where he only played around three games.
After the Atlanta Braves, he announced his intentions to continue a career in Japan. He joined the Japanese professional baseball team, Tokyo Yakult Swallows, competing in Nippon Professional Baseball’s Central League. He skipped games, and all he did was spend nights in discos.
Joe Pepitone Net Worth
The renowned baseball player of the 60s has acquired quite a good fortune from his career as a player. As of the latest estimate by many top forums, it is assumed that Pepitone has earned around $18 million from his professional career.
|Net Worth||$18 Million|
|Date Of Birth||October 9, 1940|
|Place Of Birth||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Height||6′ 2″ (1.88 m)|
|Profession||Baseball Player and Actor|
|Nicknames||Joe Pepitone, Pepitone, Joe|
Joe Pepitone Life After Baseball
Joe Pepitone published a memoir titled ‘Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud.’ The tell-all baseball memoir captured the attention of people as it disclosed many revelations about the player, his abusive father, and the complicated life he led. The same year, he even posed for Foxy Lady magazine, exposing his full frontal nudity.
During the early 80s, he played for the Trenton Statesmen in professional softball. But he could have got a suspension for conduct detrimental to professional softball. He got suspended from 6 games and even lost a game after suffering a thigh injury. Later, he was hired as a minor league hitting instructor by the Yankees in order to end his softball career.
The Yankees hired Pepitone in the early 80s as their hitting coach, but later, he was replaced by Lou Pinella when Pepitone was sentenced to prison. And after release from prison, he was again hired by the Yankees.
Joe Pepitone Personal Life And Death
The 82-year-old baseball player has a complicated life outside of games. He was arrested and sentenced to prison several times after he was caught red-handed with drugs, cocaine, etc. Also, numerous times he was caught drunk driving and has also caused a public nuisance.
While speaking of his married life, the player was married three times. But like in his play, he couldn’t maintain even one of them, and all three relationships ended in divorce. He is a father to five children, whom he shares with his three ex-wives. Pepitone passed away at the age of 82 on March 13, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.