Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Negro League baseball history fact for today

Jim Zapp was born on this date in Nashville, Tennessee; 1924.  The 6’2”, 208 lbs., outfielder began his nine year Negro League baseball career with the Baltimore Elite Giants after leaving military service in 1945.  By 1948, Zapp was with the Birmingham Black Barons and split playing time in left field with a teenager named Willie Mays; who was shifted to center field later in the season.  Zapp hit the game winning home run against the Kansas City Monarchs to give the Black Barons the 1948 Negro American League pennant.  After leaving the Negro Leagues, Zapp played the remainder of his career in the minor leagues.

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