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Martin Zippel

Basketball (Inducted: 1977-78)


Martin  Zippel

The first 1,000-point scorer in modern Lafayette history, Marty Zippel ushered in a new era of prominence in Leopard basketball when he came to the Hill in 1945. Renowned as much for his rebounding, defense and playmaking as his scoring, Zippel dominated the Middle Atlantic Conference during his brilliant four-year varsity career.

An honorable mention All-American, Zippel scored 1,067 career points and led the Leopards to the 1947 Middle Atlantic Conference championship. He also captained the 1948-49 Leopard basketball team, which ran up a 20-9 record. Marty was also an outstanding baseball player at Lafayette. In 1948, he was one of the leading hitters on the Leopard team which went on to win the NCAA District championship and later competed in the national collegiate tournament. A Philadelphia native, Zippel picked up the prestigious Class of 1913 Trophy as Lafayette's top scholar-athlete as a senior.