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Joe Pepitone Did Not Make New York Proud

Pepitone became the New York Yankees' first baseman when Bill Skowron was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers following the 1962 season.

The Yankees had signed Pepitone in 1958, and after spending four seasons in the minors, Joe joined the big team for the 1962 season.

While a student at Manual Trades High School in Brooklyn, Joe was shot in the stomach in a schoolyard dispute in 1957.

When he signed with the Yankees, one club official privately believed that Joe would wind up being stabbed in an alley or committed to a mental institution.



Lack of Dedication

The Yankees had given Pepitone a $25,000 signing bonus when they decided he would become Skowron's backup at first base.


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