A blog about sports history with some game coverage mixed in from the former Martinez News-Gazette sports editor, and beat writer for Unviersity of California Berkeley athletics, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Earthquakes and the San Jose Sharks.
Friday, May 23, 2014
New York Yankees' Joe Pepitone Hits Two Home Runs In One Inning
On May 23, 1962, Joe
Pepitone becomes the second New York Yankees player ever to hit two home runs in
one inning, joining non-other than the Yankee Clipper, and Hall of Famer Joe
Joe Pepitone in 1971.
Pepitone is a former Major League Baseball
first baseman and outfielder that played the
bulk of his career for the New York Yankees. He
also played several seasons with the Chicago Cubs and had short
stints with the Houston
Astros and Atlanta
During his time with the Yankees, Pepitone was thrice named
to play in the All-Star
Game and also won three Golden Glove
awards. His fame was sufficient for him to become something of a cultural icon.
In June 1973, Pepitone accepted an offer of $70,000
($362,016 today) 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 skipping games for
claimed injuries only to be at night in discos, behavior that led the
Japanese to adopt his name into their vernacular—as a word meaning
Joe Pepitone (right) at Yankees stadium in New York in the late 2000s.
After baseball in the late 1970s, Pepitone played for the
New Jersey Statesmen in the American Professional Slow Pitch League (APSPL),
one of three professional
softball leagues active during this period.
Pepitone would also serve the front office of the North
American Softball League (NASL) for their only season in 1980.
June 1982, Pepitone was hired as a batting coach with the Yankees, but was
replaced by Lou Piniella
later in the season.
the late 1990s, Pepitone was given a job in the Yankees' front office.
currently spends his time signing autographs and baseball memorabilia at
autograph shows, and working in a public relations capacity for the Yankees.