Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Negro Leaguer Jim Zapp no longer able to accept fan mail

Jim Zapp, an outfielder in the Negro Leagues from 1945-1954 with the Baltimore Elite Giants, Atlanta Black Crackers and Birmingham Black Barons is unfortunately no longer able to respond to his fan mail. Zapp is 90 years old and facing end stage Alzheimer's disease.

Jim Zapp 2010 Topps Allen and Ginter
In a letter from his son Jim Zapp Jr. dated January 8, 2015, the younger Zapp states that due to his father's declining health, the family is politely asking for fans to no longer send autograph requests.

They are however, asking for any unsigned copies of his 2010 Topps Allen and Ginter baseball card (as pictured above). If you have any copies that you would like to send, please send me an e-mail and I will help to facilitate the process.


  1. Thanks for sharing this, N.D. Your blog is a treasure trove!

  2. Dear Sir:
    I am Dr. Harriet Kimbro-Hamilton. My dad was Henry Kimbro who was a friend of Zapp. I need to contact his son to send a book I published in which Zapp did the foreword. Please contact me at I promised him when published the book I would get him a copy. Thanks!