Trusted to man first base after the departure of pinstriper staple Moose Skowron, former Yankee Joe Pepitone handled his duties well, winning three Gold Glove honors during his tenure in the Bronx. The offered items are both signed by the flashy former Yank. Included are Pepitone’s 1963 contract and a letter sent by Yankee executive Dan Topping later that year. The latter piece was subsequently signed by Pepitone with an inscription citing an infamous episode from his oft-turbulent career. Includes: Contract the four-page contract lists Pepitone’s Bronx home address and “$7,000” stipend. On the appropriate line, the document is endorsed by Pepitone in blue ballpoint (“8-9” strength); Signed/Inscribed Letter dated “October 7, 1966,” the typewritten correspondence is from former Yankee owner Dan Topping. Composed on his personal letterhead, Topping’s message features a “cc: All Players” notation (though this one begins “Dear Joe”). The message is one urging his players to “Go home and forget about it,” referring to the World Series sweep suffered the day before as a Pepitone fielding gaffe led to the decisive run. At the bottom of the page, Pepitone made certain to defend himself for anyone who cared to read. In blue ballpoint, his “reply” reads: “The white shirts got in my eye’s – if you don’t believe it fuck you (signed) Joe Pepitone (“8”). Basic certs/stickers from JSA.
1963 Uniform Player’s Contract: James Spence Authentications cert/sticker #F70677
Signed and Inscribed Dan Topping Letter – James Spence Authentications cert/sticker #F70676