August 22, 1930|
|Died: November 17, 2013
|September 11, 1957, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 25, 1959, for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Runs batted in||9|
Zeke Bella was born August 22, 1930, in Greenwich, Connecticut. Bella graduated from Greenwich High School in 1947 where he was called "[a] superlative athlete"; playing both football and baseball.
Bella began his professional career with the Amsterdam Rugmakers in 1951. After two years off, he spent 1954 and 1955 with the Binghamton Triplets, then played from 1956 to 1958 with the Denver Bears, the Yankees' top minor league affiliate. Bella began his major league career on September 11, 1957, with the Yankees. He played in five games for the Yankees that season. After spending 1958 with the Bears, he played in 47 games for the Kansas City Athletics in 1959. In 52 career games, Bella had 18 hits in 92 at-bats, with a .196 batting average. He batted right and threw left-handed. Bella played his last game in the major leagues on September 25, 1959.
Awards and honors
Bella was inducted into the Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Zeke Bella died on November 17, 2013, from complications due to a stroke, and the injuries received from a fall it induced; Bella was aged 83 years when he succumbed to his death.
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