(c) Houston Astros

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Position: 1B/OF      Born: Oct 9, 1940      Bats: Left      Throws: Left

A star with the hallowed Yankees at the end of their dynasty years, the three-time All-Star played eight seasons in New York before he was traded to the Astros in 1970. The player credited with bringing the first portable hair dryer to a baseball clubhouse, Pepitone was clearly bothered by being banished to Texas. The Brooklyn native didn't play that badly, hitting .251 with 14 homers in 75 games when he suddenly "retired" in an attempt to force a trade.

The Cubs approached Houston and swung a deal. Although never officially confirmed, it is believed that when Chicago basically gave the Astros shortstop Roger Metzger after the season that he was an unofficial "player to be named later" in the arrangement. Pepitone played three more seasons in Chicago then three games with the Braves before quitting for good. In 12 seasons, "Peppy" hit .258 with 219 homers.

In later years, Pepitone was in the the headlines for drug abuse and poor business decisions which landed him in jail.