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).
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.
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.
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…
Statement from The New York Yankees on the passing of Joe Pepitone: pic.twitter.com/XckqVACsfa— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 13, 2023
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