» May 23, 1962: Yankee rookie Joe Pepitone becomes the 6th player in American League history to hit two home runs in one inning. New York's 9-run 8th sinks Kansas City 137.
» April 9, 1963: In the opener at Kansas City, Ralph Terry pitches a complete game 82 win for the Yankees. Led by Joe Pepitone's two homers and a double, New York collects 13 hits. Elston Howard adds a homer off starter Diego Segui.
» May 9, 1964: At Cleveland, Pedro Ramos gives up four home runs to New York -- Tony Kubek, Mickey Mantle, Joe Pepitone, and Hector Lopez -- as the Yankees win 62.
» August 29, 1964: On Elston Howard Night, the Yankees take two from Boston 102 and 61. Joe Pepitone's three home runs, including a grand slam, and Roger Maris's six singles lead the offense. Mickey Mantle hits home run number 447 in the opener and ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330) in the nightcap.
» October 14, 1964: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit home runs on back-to-back pitches from Curt Simmons, and Joe Pepitone belts Gordie Richardson for a grand slam. New York wins 83 at St. Louis and evens the World Series.
» April 12, 1966:
At Yankee Stadium, 40,006 fans watch the Tigers edge the Yankees, 21. The Yankees only score is Joe Pepitone's 5th inning homer off Mickey Lolich, who strikes out 10 Yankees. Lolich, with a career average of .075, leads off the 9th with a single which opens the door for the Tiger's winning run off Whitey Ford.
» May 9, 1966: At Minneapolis, the Yankees (620) edge the Twins, 32. Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, and Joe Pepitone, with the game-winner in the 9th inning, hit homers for New York.
» June 29, 1966: At Fenway Park, Mantle opens the scoring in the first inning with a 3-run shot, then sandwiches a homer between round trippers by Bobby Richardson and Joe Pepitone in the 3rd inning in New York's 65 win. The consecutive trifecta was last done for the Yankees in 1947, when Keller, DiMaggio, and Lindell connected. Richardson is 5for-5 in the game. Mantle's two homers today, his 37th and 38th at Fenway, will be his last in Boston, and ties him with Babe Ruth for most homers by a Sox opponent.
» July 1, 1966: At Washington, Mickey Mantle homers in the first inning off Phil Ortega, as New York edges the Senators. 86. Mick scores another run when Joe Pepitone cracks a 2-run homer.
» April 16, 1967: At Yankee Stadium, The Red Sox and Yankees struggle for 18 innings before New York wins it, 76, in a game that lasts five hours and 50 minutes. Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro each have five hits for the Sox, but it is Joe Pepitone's two-out single that beats Lee Stange. Al Downing is the winner.
» June 25, 1967:
Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight. "All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy," he said from his training camp. "Look at Joe Pepitone. He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays." Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.
» April 14, 1968: New York suffers a 43 loss to Minnesota and loses OF Joe Pepitone with a fractured left elbow.
» August 12, 1969: Citing "personal problems," Yankees 1B Joe Pepitone goes AWOL.
» August 13, 1969:
Joe Pepitone returns to the Yankees but does not play in their 52 loss to the Twins. Rich Reese is 4-for-4 with two homers and two singles to drive in four runs for the Twins as Jim Kaat is the winner over Mel Stottlemyre (16-9). Reese will have hits his first three at bats tomorrow before flying out.
» August 29, 1969: Joe Pepitone quits the Yankees after being fined $500 for leaving the bench during a game.
» September 2, 1969: Ralph Houk signs a new 3-year contract with the Yankees at $65,000 a season, the highest managerial salary in either league, and Joe Pepitone is reinstated.
» December 4, 1969: The Yankees trade 1B Joe Pepitone to the Astros for 1B Curt Blefary.
» July 29, 1970: The Cubs purchase 1B/OF Joe Pepitone from the Astros. Pepitone will drive in 31 runs in his first 31 games for his new team.
» August 19, 1970:
Fergie Jenkins homers and his teammates add another six as Chicago coasts over San Diego, 122. Jim Hickman (2), Glenn Beckert, Johnny Callison, Joe Pepitone, and Billy Williams also round trip for Chicago. Six of the Cub homers are solo shots and San Diego adds a solo homer: the seven solo homers by two teams sets a National League record and ties the ML mark set on April 29, 1962.
» August 22, 1970:
Hal Lanier's 8th inning single is the only hit Ken Holtzman allows in the Cubs, 150 mauling of the Giants. Gaylord Perry gives up eight runs in one 1/3 inning to seal the outcome for the Giants. Joe Pepitone and Billy Williams each have a double, homer, and score three runs.
» October 1, 1970:
Fergie Jenkins allows two hitstwo doubles by Ken Singleton, and Joe Pepitone hits a 2-run homer to beat the Mets, 41. The win puts the Cubs in 2nd place in the NL East, with the Mets in 3rd.
» April 28, 1972: Cubs 1B Joe Pepitone, sidelined with a stomach ailment, returns to the lineup and smashes two three-run homers as the Cubs beat the Reds, 10-8. It's the Cubs first win in nine games and Fergie Jenkins 1st win of the year. Monday and Cardenal also homer for Chicago.
» June 30, 1972: Joe Pepitone rejoins the Cubs after a brief retirement, and is 1-for-4 in the Cubs, 43 win over the Pirates. Rick Reuschel allows two hits in seven 1/3 innings before leaving with a twisted ankle, but picks up the win. Billy Williams drives in three runs for the Cubs.
» May 19, 1973:
In what is considered one of the worst trades in Braves history, Atlanta sends 23-year-old Andre Thornton to the Cubs for 1B Joe Pepitone. Pepi will go to bat just 11 times for the Braves and never play again.
» January 9, 1992: Former Yankee Joe Pepitone is charged with assault after a scuffle at a hotel in Kiamesha Lake, NY. The fight started when Pepitone was called a "has-been."