Pepi & More

vic fortezza
2 min readMar 14, 2023

RIP Brooklyn-born Joe Pepitone, 82, who seemed to squander prodigious baseball talent. Signed by the Yankees in 1958, he spent four years in the minors, then played part time for the Bombers in ’62. He was a member of the World Champions that year. He played full time on the pennant winning teams of ’63 and ’64, putting up fine numbers. From then on his career was checkered, flashes of brilliance mixing with petulance and rumors of off-field foolishness. The Yankees gave up on him after eight seasons. He then spent time with the Astros, Cubs, Braves and Japan’s Yakult Atoms. A three-time All-Star, he won three Gold Gloves. He made a crucial error in the ’63 World Series when he lost a throw from 3B Clete Boyer in the white shirt sleeves of the Dodgers’ crowd. That led to the winning run in Game Four of L.A.’s sweep. In ’64 he hit a Grand Slam in Game Six vs. the Cardinals, as New York lost in seven. Overall, in twelve years he batted .258 and had 219 homers, the latter ranking him 310th all-time. In 1988 he spent four months in Rikers on two misdemeanor drug possession charges. Married three times, he was a father of five. My fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Sarno was one of his aunts. I saw him a few times in the Harbor Fitness Club in Bay Ridge. I did not speak to him, unsure if he would be receptive. Photo from Google Images:

SVB bailout — another nail in the coffin of capitalism, headline from “Former Dems including Clinton donor, Obama official dominated SVB’s board of directors.”

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Cool, from FN: “Maple Leafs fans belt out US national anthem in Toronto after singer’s mic cuts out.” Kudos. I wonder if snowflake PM Justin Trudeau was in the crowd, singing along.

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Lindsay Lohan is pregnant with her first child. Let’s hope she’s grown wiser.

The floating book shop was rained out for the second straight day, which prompted me to take the old Hyundai in for inspection. To my delight, I’d already been charged for it when the car was repaired two weeks ago. I also did the annual window wash.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.