Obituary for Mr. Jospeph Pepitone

Joseph Anthony Pepitone was born on October 9, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York. He was the youngest of four children and grew up in a working-class family. His father was a construction worker, and his mother worked in a factory. Pepitone showed an early interest in baseball and played in local leagues as a child.

Pepitone was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1958. He made his Major League debut in 1962 and quickly established himself as a solid player. He played for the Yankees for ten seasons, during which he was named to three All-Star teams and won three Gold Glove Awards for his outstanding fielding. He also helped the Yankees win two American League pennants and two World Series championships.

After leaving the Yankees, Pepitone played for several other teams, including the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves. However, his production declined, and he retired from baseball in 1973 with a career batting average of .258, 219 home runs, and 707 RBIs.

Pepitone’s exceptional fielding earned him three Gold Glove Awards during his career. He was also named to three All-Star teams and was a key player in the Yankees* championship teams of 1962 and 1963. In addition, he was inducted into the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Joe Pepitone has been married three times. His first marriage to Mary Jane Skala ended in divorce. He then married Marilyn Freidman in 1973, but they also divorced. In 1979, he married Deborah Lynn Koldoff, and she died in 2021. In all, Joe Pepitone had 5 children. He passed away in Kansas City, Missouri on March 13, 2023.

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October 9, 1940
March 13, 2023

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