Saturday, April 30, 2011

A to Z, The Orioles' Legacy: Al Zarilla

Player: Al Zarilla
Years of Service: 7 (1943-44, 1946-49, 1952)
Position: Outfielder

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Zarilla had his best year in 1948: .329 batting average, 12 home runs, 74 RBI and his only All-Star Game appearance. As today is a celebration of the letter Z, it is worth noting that Zarilla played in the same Chicago White Sox outfield as Gus Zernial for four games in April 1951, marking the only time in Major League history that two players with last names starting with Z played in the same outfield. Zarilla is one of many World War II-era players who enlisted in the military, sacrificing time in the prime of their baseball careers for wartime service.


For each letter of the A to Z Challenge, I will feature one player from Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns history. I hope you will join me. I hope you'll also check out the other 1200+ blogs participating. See the full list at Tossing It Out.

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