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BRONX, NY - JULY 18: Joe Pepitone attends a pre-game ceremony in honor of "Yogi Berra Day" during the MLB game between the Montreal Expos and the New York Yankees on July 18, 1999 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Yankees defeated the Expos 6-0. (Photo by Vincent Laforet/Getty Images)

Good morning, Sports fans.   Davey Mac here with another Sports Report for ya.   Football news…when’s Aaron Rodgers signing with the Jets already?   Giants sign a linebacker,   Plus, baseball, basketball, and hockey.   But first…

…Sad to report that a classic Yankee personality, Joe Pepitone, has died at the age of 82.   His daughter found him in his home deceased (possibly from a heart attack).

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

NEW YORK – JULY 19: Former New York Yankee Joe Pepitone is introduced during the teams 63rd Old Timers Day before the game against the Detroit Tigers on July 19, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)



Pepitone was a very good first baseman for the Yankees in the 1960’s…making three All Star teams and winning three Gold Gloves while winning a World Series with the Yanks in 1962.

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK – JULY 17: Joe Pepitone looks on during the New York Yankees 64th Old-Timer’s Day before the MLB game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 17, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)



But, he was also known for his larger-than-life personality.   He was considered one of the first guys to bring a blow-drier into the locker room for his hair.   Once, when I was at a Yankee Old Timer’s Game in the late ’80’s, I remember Pepitone bringing the blow-drier out into the field…it was hysterical.   He would sport a pompadour for years to come…and certainly made it known that he loved the ladies.

Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC - BGC Office

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Baseball legend Joe Pepitone and actress Pamela Anderson attend Annual Charity Day Hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)



And not only was Pepitone a real original for his time with the Yankees…but he also became a bit of a pop culture legend as he was referenced on both Seinfeld and The Sopranos.   On Seinfeld, while Kramer was moonlighting as a horse carriage drive, Kramer claimed that it was Pepitone who “designed” Central Park.



And then in The Sopranos, during a flashback scene, a younger Junior Soprano picks up a little Tony and tells him that Pepitone had three RBI’s in last night’s game.



Like I said…Joe was larger-than-life.   A true character.   Here’s a statement from the New York Yankees on the loss of Pepitone…



Pepitone was a true Yankee legend.   Born in Brooklyn…Joe seemed to get our area but also the fun and entertaining side of Sports and of being a New York Yankee.   He will be missed.

– Davey Mac

Mickey Mantle Signed Contract Auction To Assist Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund - Press Conference

MONTCLAIR, NJ – APRIL 29: Former New York Yankee Joe Pepitone attends the press conference announcing Mickey Mantle Signed Contract Auction To Assist Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund at Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on April 29, 2013 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

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