Joe Zapustas

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Joseph John Zapustas
born Jusapas Zapustas

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Joe Zapustas had a cup of coffee with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1933, getting one hit in two games. After the season, he was sent to the Toledo Mud Hens. He also played pro football for the New York Giants that year, appearing in two games with the NFL club.

After his pro sports career ended, Zapustas was a longtime high school athletic director. He also served as a boxing referee for many years, officiating in bouts for many legends including Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, and Sugar Ray Robinson.

He was originally listed as having been born in Boston, MA, but in fact he was born in Latvia (when it was still part of the Russian Empire) even though he was ethnically Lithuanian, and emigrated to Boston as a child. He is the first player to have been born in Latvia.

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