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Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud Hardcover – 1975

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Joe Pepitone played for the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves. He lives in Pennsylvania.
Berry Stainback (1935–2014) was an editor of Sport magazine, associate editor of Life, and editor of True. He was the author of nearly twenty books.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Playboy Press; 1st edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872234282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872234284
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,858,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on July 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Joe Pepitone's autobiography does not always reflect kindly on him. In this look at the sexual side of baseball, Pepitone examines not so much his successes as his failures; as a husband, father, and a could-have-been superstar. Pepitone attributes a portion of his flaws to his troubled upbringing and near addiction to sex, but also accepts responsibility. Young Pepitone seemed to have it all; charm, charisma, superb baseball talent, and Italian-American heritage playing in his hometown (New York) with many thousands of Italian-American fans. Yet he was immature and insecure, eager to flee his problems, and probably clinically depressed - at a time when issues like depression were rarely discussed. One wonders how many other athletes and celebrities face similar ordeals and keep them hidden. This is a pretty good baseball book, one where the subject both celebrates his triumphs and confesses his failures.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ruane on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book 20 years ago, the first time, read it again recently, great baseball book,tells so much about the on field/off field adventures of this Yankee great. Meant more to me after meeting Joe Pepitone, who I found to be a very fine individual. Would reccommend this book to any baseball fan, especially Yankee fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pugwash on May 3, 2008
Format: Unknown Binding
Joe Pepitone was a gifted and flamboyant major leaguer who played for the Yankees, Cubs and Braves in the 1960's and 1970's. He showed a plethora of promise, which landed him in the line-up of the Yankees, with Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Bobby Richardson, among others.

Although his accomplishments put him in the upper spectrum of major league ballplayers in the pre-expansion and pre-steroid era, Pepitone relates the loneliness and outsider feelings he struggled through.

Much of this was a result of his eccentric and even deviant behavior. During one passage he giggles as he talks of turning Mickey Mantle onto marijuana for the first time. Mantle was somewhat of a redneck at heart.

He stuggles with what Wade Boggs would later identify as sexual addiction, and some of his candid revelations are pretty creepy.

For all his eccentricities, Pepitone was a lovable figure from a fans standpoint. He would spend over $500- a week on toupe's and wigs in a time when the $100,000 ballplayer was more rarity than commonplace.

In Ball Four, Jim Bouton wrote a hilarious passage about putting talcum powder in Pepitone's hairdryer so he came out to first base as a white-haired geezer.

But here, the pathos is thick. Pepitone prevails as a sympathetic figure, mostly because he couldn't get out of his own way.

It reads as a fascinating chronicle of a celebrity fighting depression, and his own demons, and falling short of his promise.

He holds back little here, and we see a man who failed as a husband, friend, and ultimately fell shy of his own expectations.

Shame is the predominant emotion here, and Pepitone deals it in heavy dosages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony P. Ferguson on March 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I remember reading Joe You Coulda Made Us Proud way back in 1977, and this dark biography of Joe Pepitone's life not only brought me closer to baseball as a lifelong Yankees' fan, but it also offered me some great insight into the dark side of sports celebrity--organized crime buddies, the celebrities, the hangers-on, the drugs, the scores of women, along with the sullen aftermath of what happens when a once-proud sports dynasty, falls into the bottomless pit of mediocrity.

Pepitone's story is a must-read for many sports fans, as it takes us on a ride through the unglamourous side of the genre. Amidst the pressure to perform and live up to top billing once one steps between the white lines, few, if anyone, could even begin to fanthom the balls and strikes that athletes deal with off the field.

Pepitone's life (which, ironically, runs parallel to former Mets and Yankees star Darryl Strawberry) was no fairy tale from the beginning.

Feeling survivor's guilt over his father's sudden death when he was a teen star at Manual Training High in Brooklyn, to the sex addiction that resulted in two failed marriages, his irresponsible ways that led him into debt, and his associations with organized crime members along with his contempt for authority that led to his premature exit from the game that he loved, Joe You Coulda Made Us Proud makes for a very compelling, gritty, sometimes humorous but oftentimes painful read in its profoundly honest presentation, as readers will be left with the feeling at the end, that somehow, Pepitone could've done a hell of a lot more with the God-given skills that he had.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! I still pick it up and read a chapter at a time.I still have my original copy of this book. I pass it around all the time.
I recommend it to all baseball fans, but especially anyone who is Italian or anyone who has grown up in NYC.
A true gem if you want to recall the craziness of being a youth in NYC.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After having heard about this book in 'wink-wink-hush-hush' contexts over the past twenty years or so, I finally saw a copy on the "N - O - P" shelf of a liquidator of estate sales. The first time in a while I didn't even attempt to barter, for fear of losing this putative gem, at the one chance I had to grab it - I felt like I'd won the lottery, and hadn't even paid for it yet. Just what kind of "Estate" must this have been from!?!
So, I bought it ("No bag, please.") and began reading on the sidewalk, on my way back from lunch.
Quite a book, this is. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me look around my commuter-rail car to see if anyone had kepped to what I was reading and emoting about. Oh Joe, Joe, JOE @!#$&^@%#%$(!@%#*
Indeed, you coulda made us more than proud.
If you're a baseball fan, and you want a book to memorize, this is one of the very best.
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