Rolla Mapel

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Rolla Hamilton Mapel
(Lefty)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11½", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rolla "Lefty" Mapel pitched four games in the majors for the 1919 St. Louis Browns. He was 29 at the time, three years older than teammate George Sisler.

Mapel was from Lees Summit, MO. The only other major leaguer born there (through 2009) has been John Coleman. Lefty pitched for Great Bend in 1909-10, Kearney in 1911 and 1913-14 and Joplin in 1917-19. With McAllister in 1917 he won 21 games.

The only other major leaguer (through 2009) with the first name Rolla is Rolla Daringer.

An article from the Casper Tribune-Herald refers to John and Rolla Mapel as pitchers who helped bring Casper the pennant around 1920.

The book The Story of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays remembered Mapel as one of the few pitchers who had a triple play performed behind him during his first major league game, after it also happened to Devil Ray pitcher Dewon Brazelton.

Related Sites[edit]

Find-A-Grave Memorial for Rolla Mapel