Zip Zabel

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George Washington Zabel

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On June 17, 1915, Zip Zabel set the record for most innings pitched in relief in one game. He came in relief for Bert Humphries with two out in the first inning, and pitched the final 18 1/3 innings to earn the win over the Brooklyn Robins and opposing pitcher Jeff Pfeffer, who pitched the complete game.

Through 2011 he is the only major leaguer with the last name Zabel, although there is one other with the first name Zip - Zip Collins.

Zabel was born in Wetmore, KS, in north-central Kansas. He is one of five major leaguers born in Kansas in 1891. After attending Baker University in his home state, he played for the Kansas City Blues in 1913. However, he had already pitched for other minor league teams, starting with Youngstown in 1912. His biggest successes in the minors included going 10-1 for Winnipeg during part of 1913, posting a record of 17-13 for Los Angeles in 1916, and going 10-5 for Toronto in 1917.

In the majors he was most impressive in 1914 at age 23. His ERA was 2.18 in 29 games, and he led the league in Games Finished.

"The Kansas City Club, of the American Association, has signed pitcher George Zabel of Baker University. He will join the Blues about June 1. He recently struck out 17 men in a game with (the) Missouri Normal team." - Sporting Life, May 11, 1912 - Zabel, however, did not appear in a game for Kansas City until 1913

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