Pepper Peploski

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Joseph Aloysius Peploski

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Biographical Information[edit]

Joe "Pepper" Peploski got into a couple of games in the majors in June of 1913, when he was 22 years old. He hit .500.

At the time, the incumbent third baseman for the Detroit Tigers was George Moriarty. Moriarty, whose batting average slipped downward, would play one more year at third and then be replaced by Ossie Vitt, who would move over from second base.

Peploski had attended Seton Hall University from 1910-1913, and he got his cup of coffee shortly after finishing school in the spring.

He is the brother of Henry Peploski, who while 14 years younger, is listed as born in Poland, whereas Joseph was born in Brooklyn, NY.

A biography of Peploski [1] states that he was known as "Joe" until he went to the minors after his major league stint, at which time sportswriters started calling him "Pepper". Several big league teams took a look at him while he pitched and played outfield for Seton Hall, but in the majors he was solely a position player. Joe went to law school after baseball, and while the Philadelphia Athletics took an interest in him in 1917, he passed up the chance. He worked for a law firm and then a trust company. Both he and his brother later changed their last name to Pepper.

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