July 25, 1907|
|Died: January 4, 2001
|September 28, 1933 for the Philadelphia Athletics|
Last MLB appearance
|September 30, 1933 for the Philadelphia Athletics|
Joseph John Zapustas (July 25, 1907 – January 4, 2001) was a professional baseball player. He appeared in two games in Major League Baseball as an outfielder the Philadelphia Athletics during the 1933 Philadelphia Athletics season. He had one hit in five at bats. He also played for the New York Giants of the NFL in 1933.
After retiring from football and baseball in 1939, Zapustas taught science and mathematics at high school, along with coaching the Quincy Manets semi-professional football team. Zapustas also became a boxing referee, officiating in bouts featuring Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson. Zapustas was the Director of Recreation for Randolph, Massachusetts between 1951 and 1991, and was honoured in 1998 by the local ice hockey rink being renamed the Joseph J Zapustas Arena.
- Rose, George (2004). One Hit Wonders: Baseball Stories. United States: Excel/Kaleidoscope. p. 212. ISBN 9780595318070.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Joe Zapustas at Pro-Football-Reference
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