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Name that town - September 20, 2013

Q: Oneida is alrighta, but there’s another town in Nemaha County famous for being the birthplace of a big league ball player. Name the relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs who still holds the record for the longest relief outing – AND – give us the name of the Nemaha County town where he was born.Zip-Zabel-Library-of-CongressGeorge "Zip" Zabel as a Chicago Cub in 1914. (Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress)


A: Zip Zabel and Wetmore, Kan.  (Or, George Washington Zabel)



George Washington Zabel – known as Zip Zabel – was a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1913 to 1915. He was born in Wetmore, Kan., in 1891 and later attended Baker University in Baldwin City. On June 17, 1915, Zabel set the record for most innings pitched in relief in one game. He pitched the final 18-1/2 innings to earn the win over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Bet his arm was tired, too. Zabel died in 1970. He’s buried in Beloit, Wis.

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