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    May 23, 1962: Pepitone Becomes 2nd Yankee to Hit 2 HR's in Same Inning

    From nationalpastime.com:

    May 23, 1962 "Joe Pepitone homers twice to become the second player in Yankee history to hit two home runs in the same inning when the Bronx Bombers score nine times in the eighth inning of a 13-7 rout of Kansas City. In 1936 as a rookie, Joe DiMaggio became the first pinstriper to accomplish the feat."

    This Day in Yankees History: DiMaggio has a three home run day
    Excerpts from the www.pinstripealley.com article:

    "Joe Pepitone becomes the second player in Yankees history to hit two home runs in the same inning. In the eighth of a game against the Athletics, he led off the frame with a home run off Dan Pfister to cut Kansas City’s lead to two runs. After the rest of the Yankees lineup then batted around and took the lead, Pepitone put the cherry on top, hitting a three-run shot to make it 13-7, which would be the final score. The only other Yankee to accomplish the feat at that time was...Joe DiMaggio. Cliff Johnson and Alex Rodriguez have also done it since, in 1977 and 2007 respectively."

    Joe Pepitone
    Excerpts from the sabr.org article:

    "If Joe Pepitone were a car, he’d be a Ferrari — powerful, Italian, and high-performance. Though his career .258 batting average may not evidence power, Pepitone placed in the American League’s top 10 in total bases twice, in RBI twice, and in home runs thrice in his 12-year major-league career (1962-1973). He also clouted seven grand slams."

    "Defensively, Pepitone showed merit at first base in the junior circuit with a top-10 ranking four times for putouts, four times for assists, and four times for double plays. He also occupied the number-one slot in fielding percentage three times; in addition to first base, he played all three outfield positions."

    Joe Pepitone (1991) (Interview)


    Joe Pepitone Stats
    Excerpts from the www.baseball-almanac.com article:

    "Joe Pepitone was born on Wednesday, October 9, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York. Pepitone was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 10, 1962, with the New York Yankees."

    "The public airing of Pepitone's difficulties led many to reflect on the tragedy of a great talent gone to waste. 'Joe Pepitone should have been a $100,000 ballplayer,' said Ted Williams, then managing for the Washington Senators. 'All of this was theatre for Joe," said Yankee pitcher Steve Hamilton, 'but his attention span was so short. When he could bear down and play baseball, he was great, but then his mind wandered.'" - Ryczek, William J. Author. The Yankees in the Early 1960s. McFarland & Company. 20 September 2007. Page 7."

    "...Joe Pepitone tied the major league record for home runs in an inning (2) on May 23, 1962...A feat tracked on baseball history since 1999, and one previously matched only once in Yankees history before Pepitone."

    "...Joe Pepitone was a three-time All-Star (1963, 1964, 1965) first-baseman...Two other Bronx Bombers, Bill Skowron (1957-1961) and Lou Gehrig (1933-1938), went to three-or-more Midsummer Classics as a first baseman."

    "..Joe Pepitone led all American League first baseman in fielding percentage (1965, 1966, 1969), range factor (1965, 1966, 1969), putouts (1964, 1969), assists (1964), double plays (1964), and games played (1964)...In '65 Rawlings recognized Pepitone's defensive skill and awarded him the Gold Glove, the first time a New York Yankee first baseman had received the honor! Joe won again in 1966, then a third time in 1969, the most in Yankees history until 1988, when Don Mattingly won his fourth at first, setting a still-standing record (7 total) in New York."

    "On Monday, March 13, 2023, Joe Pepitone passed away in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 82 years old."

    Joe Pepitone, Yankees All-Star 'favorite of generations,' dies at 82
    Excerpt from the www.nbcnews.com article

    "Pepitone was living with his daughter, Cara Pepitone, at her house in Kansas City, Missouri, and was found dead Monday morning, BJ Pepitone, a son of the former player, said. The cause of death was not clear, but BJ Pepitone said a heart attack was suspected."

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