Interview with Adrian Zabala, Sr., Mary A. Zabala, March 2, 1989

Project: A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Adrian Zabala Rodriguez, born in Cuba, was a left handed pitcher in Major League baseball. He also played in the Mexican League and the Provincial League. In this interview, he and his wife, Mary Zabala, talk about his early interest in baseball, playing baseball in Cuba in the 1930s, pitching against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Cuba, his Minor League baseball career in the United States, his playing for the Mexican League, players, managers and owners of the New York Giants, the Pasquel brothers, dining and living arrangements in Mexico, fellow Mexican League players, and his (Zabala's) being banned from Major League baseball for several years for playing for the Mexican League. Zabala discusses some of the places he played baseball while he was banned from the Major Leagues, playing in the Cuban Winter League, salaries for Cuban players, a proposed Cuban players' strike, how he learned that he was being traded to the Havana team, an argument that he had with Leo Durocher, changes in baseball and traveling opportunities as a baseball player.

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1989oh049_chan118

Interviewee Name

Adrian Zabala, Sr.

Mary A. Zabala

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1989-03-02

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Zabala, Adrian, Sr. Interview by William J. Marshall. 02 Mar. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Zabala, A., Sr. (1989, March 02). Interview by W. J. Marshall. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Zabala, Adrian, Sr., interview by William J. Marshall. March 02, 1989, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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