Today in Baseball History – Zip Zabel Day!

Zip ZabelYoung George “Zip” Zabel pitched only three seasons for the Cubs, 1913-1915, but, on June 17 of 1915 he came out of the pen with two outs in the first inning and then pitches the rest of the 19 inning win over the Brooklyn Robins.

That’s 18 1/3 innings, the longest relief job ever.

Thank goodness they won!

And, of course, great baseball name!

Zip’s record went unnoticed at the time, though the Knights of the Keyboard did notice the lengthy game..

Tacoma Times - 6-18-1915 - Zabel

Okay, and here’s celebrating my 100th post of the year! With this being day 168 of 2013, I’m batting .595!

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