Frank Zupo

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Frank Zupo
Born: (1939-08-29)August 29, 1939
San Francisco, California
Died: March 25, 2005(2005-03-25) (aged 65)
Burlingame, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 1, 1957, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
May 9, 1961, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average .167
Home runs 0

Frank Joseph Zupo (August 29, 1939 in San Francisco, California – March 25, 2005 in Burlingame, California) was a professional baseball catcher. He played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles in 1957-58 and 1961. He entered the American League at age 17.

In 1957, Zupo, who was nicknamed "Noodles", entered the league as a 17-year-old rookie without having played in the minor leagues. That season, together with George Zuverink, Zupo twice formed the only "Z" battery in Major League history, the first time coming on July 1, 1957 when Zupo made his big-league debut with a 10th-inning catching appearance against the New York Yankees.

After baseball[edit]

Zupo held many different jobs including a fishing guide, business owner, and wholesale leather proprietor.[citation needed]


  • The editors of the Sporting News (1992). Baseball A Doubleheader Collection of Facts, Feats, & Firsts. St. Louis, Mo.: The Sporting News Publishing Co. ISBN 0-88365-785-6. .

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