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Francis "Lefty" Cepull

Baseball ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

A truly special athlete in one who enjoys a successful career as a player and continues to be involved by turning his attention to the youth of his community. Lefty Cepull was just such an individual. Lefty was a strapping 6-2 lefthander with a wicked curve and a blazing fastball. Born in Tarentum, his family moved to Aliquippa while he was still an infant. In high school, he was quite a basketball and baseball player and his pitching prowess helped give the school a section title. Following high school graduation in 1931, Lefty received fame far and wide for the next two decades. Not only did he help teams from Sewickley, Conway, Aliquippa, Beaver, and Beaver Falls win various titles, he also was highly regarded in the Youngstown area. In 1939, he led the Strothers team to the Ohio State semipro crown and into the National semipro tourney in Wichita, Kansas, receiving All District and All Ohio honors for those efforts. In that tournament in Kansas, Lefty averaged 14 strikeouts and three hits per game, capped by a 12-K-one-hit performance in the championship game. In another tournament in Ohio, he threw a no hitter in a game witnessed by 8000 fans. Once, in an Aliquippa uniform, Lefty struck out 20 batters in one game. Lefty signed a professional contract with Detroit, but for family and job reasons, never left the area. When his playing days ended, he became involved with the Aliquippa Little League program and put his time and energy into it for more than thirty years. On May 31, 1982, the Aliquippa Little League field was renamed Lefty Cepull Field for his long and dedicated years of service to youth baseball. Lefty passed away on April 10, 1984.