Friday, November 17, 2017

Al Zingone

Albert Angelo Zingone

October 20, 1903
Sicily, Italy

August 18, 1988
Leeds Point, NJ

1926-27 Paterson Legionaires / Kingston Raiders (NBL)
1926-27 Fort Wayne Hoosiers (ABL)
1927-28 St.Louis Americans (Independent)
1928-29 St.Louis Americans (Independent)

Born in Sicily, Zingone came to the United States with his family, settling in Passaic, New Jersey. He took to athletics, and played basketball for a few years professionally and later would work as an umpire in baseball games around the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern United States and the AAGPBL. He was best known as a comical basketball player, a drawing card with slapstick antics much like modern-day Globetrotters. He took his comic trade to baseball as well, making a decent living as an entertainer.



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