Yankees legend Joe Pepitone dies at 82
Three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner Joe Pepitone has died, the New York Yankees announced Monday.
The former first baseman/outfielder was 82.
"The Yankees are deeply saddened by the passing of former Yankee Joe Pepitone, whose playful and charismatic personality and on-field contributions made him a favorite of generations of Yankees fans even beyond his years with the team in the 1960s," the team said in a statement.
"As a native New Yorker, he embraced everything about being a Yankee during both his playing career ... and in the decades thereafter. You always knew when Joe walked into a room - his immense pride in being a Yankee was always on display. He will be missed by our entire organization, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew him."
Pepitone spent the first eight years of his career, starting in 1962, with the Yankees. He hit .252/.294/.423 with 166 homers and 31 steals over 1,051 games. Pepitone also played parts of four seasons with the Chicago Cubs and made brief stints with the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves before his retirement in 1973.
Over his storied 12-year career, Pepitone hit 219 homers, 721 RBIs, and stole 41 bases.