February 28, 2013 – Former Capital Region baseball star, Don Pepper, is pushing the age of 70, and he is the father of former LPGA golfer Dottie Pepper. As a younster, Don Pepper started playing baseball on the west side of Saratoga. Even at a young age, he was known to hit tape measure blasts and seemed destined to some day became a major league player. He played for the Detroit Tigers in 1966. Pepper became well known among baseball fans when he appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated on March 11, 1968 along with Alan Foster, Cisco Carlos, Mike Torrez, and future Cincinnati Reds catcher, Johnny Bench. In 1966, Pepper had a very productive year playing in Montgomery, Alabama for the Montgomery Rebels, where he batted .302, hit 19 homeruns, and drove in 87 runs. His chances of becoming a mainstay in Detroit were minimal because the Tigers had a guy by the name of Norm Cash. Cash was one of Detroit’s best players ever, and he helped lead them to the 1968 World Series title. Pepper also played well at the Triple A level, when he starred for the Topeka Tigers. He was traded to the Montreal Expos in 1969. But rather than joining them, he decided to return to Saratoga and devote his time to his family. He spent a lot of time watching daughter Dottie hit golf ball after golf ball, and along with wife Lynn, played a big role in her development.