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Al Pepper File

Born: 6/25/1959, Philadelphia, PA

Height: 5'-11" Weight: 195 lbs

Bats: Right Throws: Right

Home: Virginia Beach, Virginia

High School: Northeast High School, Philadelphia PA (1977)

College: Temple University (B.S. in Secondary Education/Biology, 1982)

Grad School: Naval Postgraduate School (M.S. in Telecommunications Management, 1990)

Day Job: Program Manager for Communications Testing, Scientific Research Corporation

Personal Sports Highlights (baseball): Not much in hardball, but in softball, singled and doubled (nearly taking it out) against a Canadian women’s championship fast-pitch team. That same year, batted .541 for the USS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY (FFG-7) softball team that played numerous teams throughout the U.S. and Canada during our Great Lakes Cruise.

Personal Sports Highlights (non-baseball): Finished 5th in 1980 U.S. Men’s National Rowing Championship (Intermediate Men’s Eight). Won a heat in 1982 Dad Vail Regatta (Lightweight Men’s Four). Varsity Letter in crew rowing at Temple. Won 1982 Mid-Atlantic Rowing Championship (Men’s Intermediate Eight). At Temple University, was member of 1982 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in College Bowl Trivia. Currently working towards a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (presently High-Brown Belt).

Career Highlights (fan): My first game (May, 1969), where the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the San Diego Padres. Watching the Phillies sweep the Mets in a 1969 Twi-Night Doubleheader (also was Bat Day). Witnessing four no-hitters on TV (Bill Singer, Burt Hooten, Rick Wise, and John Candelaria). Seeing several of Steve Carlton’s phenomenal pitching performances at Veterans Stadium during his 1972 27-10 season. Living through the 1980 NLCS as a Phillies Fan. Attending a Cleveland Indians game in one of the luxury boxes at old Municipal Stadium. Watching a Fukuoka Daiei Hawks game (and seeing Sadaharu Oh) during my 1999 visit to Japan. Seeing Barry Bonds play in 2002 (5 plate appearances -- 5 walks)

Favorite Teams: (1969 - 1971) Washington Senators; (1972 - Present) Philadelphia Phillies

Ballparks Visited (chronological order):
• Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
• Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
• Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH
• Harbor Park, Norfolk, VA, home of the Norfolk Tides (AAA Affiliate of New York Mets)
• Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan
• Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
• Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, FL (Took in an inning of an exhibition game between the Devil Rays and the Blue Jays)

Favorite Players:
Historical
(i.e., before my time): Sandy Koufax, Richie Ashburn, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige
Retired: Frank Howard (All-Time Favorite), Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench
Active: Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, Jim Thome
Favorite Managers: Tony La Russa (Featured in Mendoza’s Heroes), Larry Bowa, Tommy Lasorda
Favorite Announcers: Howard Cosell, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Bob Uecker (Featured in Mendoza’s Heroes)

Favorite Baseball Books:
Ball Four, by Jim Bouton
Shoeless Joe, by William P. Kinsella
The Natural, by Bernard Malamud
• Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Total Baseball
From Aaron To Zipfel, by Rich Mazzari and Len Fiorito (Major Inspiration and Influence to Mendoza’s Heroes)
MISFITS, by J. Thomas Hetrick
Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns, by J. Thomas Hetrick
Catcher in the Wry, by Bob Uecker
The MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia

Favorite Books (All Topics):
The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
Without Remorse, by Tom Clancy
• Most anything from Steven King, particularly Hearts in Atlantis
• I have read every James Bond book written by Sir Ian Fleming. My favorite is Casino Royale.

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