Walter Zablotny

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A proud Wilmingtonian and baseball enthusiast, Bus Zebley (as he wished to be called) decided early in life that he wanted to promote the game of baseball and to help youngsters learn to play and
enjoy it. For more than 30 years, “Mr. Z” did an outstanding job of organizing, supervising, and umpiring in the Midget Baseball League that bears his name. Bus was fond of umpiring; he was a good
one. He was a student of the rules of the game and, as an arbiter, insisted that the rules be adhered to. The Zebley program turned out more than 3,000 graduates. Because of his determination and
dedication to the cause of keeping boys on the ball field and off the streets, Bus appealed to many “angels” who helped to support his good works monetarily. Before he first organized the “Midgets”
in the mid-1950’s, Zebley conducted clinics in the basement of his home. Walter Zablotny, a.k.a. Bus Zebley died in 1999, but his legacy of helping young boys to become ballplayers carries on.



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