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Frank Tepedino

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Frank Tepedino
First baseman
Born: (1947-11-23) November 23, 1947 (age 71)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 12, 1967, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
April 29, 1975, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average.241
Home runs6
Runs batted in58
Hits122
Runs50
Teams

Frank Ronald Tepedino (born November 23, 1947) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball player. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He played for the New York Yankees (19671972) and the Atlanta Braves (19731975) professional baseball teams in Major League Baseball during his career. Tepedino was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.[1]

Career

Tepedino was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles on June 8, 1965, in the third round of the 1965 amateur draft.[2] He was then drafted from the Orioles by the New York Yankees on November 28, 1966 in the 1966 first-year draft.[2]

Tepedino made his major league debut on May 12, 1967 with the Yankees in a game against Orioles at Yankee Stadium, with 22,300 in attendance.[3] He pinch hit for Whitey Ford in the bottom of the third inning of a blowout, and popped out to shortstop. The Yankees lost the game by a score of 14–0.[3]

On June 7, 1971, the Yankees traded Tepedino and Bobby Mitchell to the Milwaukee Brewers for Danny Walton.[2] On March 31, 1972, he was repurchased by the Yankees from the Brewers,[2] and on June 7, 1973, traded again, with Wayne Nordhagen and players to be named later, to the Atlanta Braves for Pat Dobson. To complete the trade, the Yankees also sent Dave Cheadle on August 15, 1973 and Al Closter on September 5, 1973 to the Braves.[2]

Personal life

September 11 attacks

After retiring from baseball, Tepedino served as a firefighter for the New York City Fire Patrol. During the September 11 attacks, Tepedino's son called him and asked if he had heard a plane hit the World Trade Center. Tepedino had no knowledge of the event. He realized it was a terrorist attack when the second plane hit the World Trade Center a short time later. Tepedino drove to the World Trade Center with three others, and when they got there, it had already collapsed.[4] During an assembly at Rocky Point High School six years afterward, Tepedino said, "I lost 343 friends on September 11, 2001," referring to his colleagues on the New York City Fire Department who died during the terrorists' attacks. "I didn't know them all personally, but they were all my friends."[5] On October 11, 2001, one month after the attacks, Tepedino threw out the first pitch at the second game of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium.[6]

Alcoholism

Tepedino is a recovering alcoholic. He became addicted to alcohol at age 19 and as of 2011 had given speeches to an estimated 60,000 youngsters for the Long Island, New York based Winning for Winning, co-founded with former Yankee teammate Rusty Torres, which educates youth about the dangers of alcohol and drugs and promotes youth athletics.

References

  1. ^ "Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame". Suffolksportshof.com. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Transactions". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  3. ^ a b "May 12, 1967 Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  4. ^ Randall, Ed. More Tales from the Yankee Dugout. Google Books. ISBN 978-1-58261-637-7. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  5. ^ "Lessons and recollections of 'that day'". Beaconrecord. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  6. ^ Yankee for Life, Bobby Murcer and Glen Waggoner, p. 227, Harper Collins, 2008, New York, ISBN 978-0-06-147342-5

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