Joe Pepitone, the three-time All-Star who played for the New York Yankees, died on Monday, March 13, 2023. He was 82 years old.
“The Yankees are deeply saddened by the passing of former Yankee Joe Pepitone, whose playful and charismatic personality and on-field contributions made him a favorite of generations of Yankees fans even beyond his years with the team in the 1960s,” the Yankees said in a statement.
Pepitone was a Brooklyn native, born on October 9, 1940. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in ’58 as an amateur free agent and spent four years in the minor league. He joined the Yankees squad in ’62 and was a part of their World Series winning team.
He was on their squad for two more World Series appearances in ’63 and ’64 (they lost both) and played a total eight seasons with the team. He had 219 home runs and had a .258 batting average during his career.
After his time with the Yankees, Pepitone played with the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves, then he had a brief stint playing in Japan.