Zack Patillo, (variants include (Patilla, Pattillo, Partillo, Partilla, Parlto, and Pertillo) born about 1878 in Arkansas,1 was a Negro baseball player with various early black teams in Arkansas.
Patillo was the son of Henderson and Martha Patillo.2
Partillo was a pitcher for the Little Rock Quapaws in 1897, 1899 and 1900,3 the Hot Springs Arlingtons in 1897, 1900 and 1901,4 and the Hot Springs Blues in 1904.5 .
Partillo died on March 5th, 1908 from pneumonia when he was approximately only 30 years old.6 7 Patillo's teammate David Wyatt attributed his early death to tuberculosis in an February 24th, 1917 article in the Freeman. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs, AR.8
"Z. Partilla—Tuberculosis, Hot Springs Arlingtons, Hot Springs."9
"Zack Patilla of the Hot Springs Giants . . . "10
3 Arkansas Gazette, 5/12/1897
4 Arkansas Gazette, 8/5/1897
6 Arkansas Deaths and Burials, at FamilySearch.org
7 City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Death Records, 1896-1917, by Bobbie Jones McLane.
8 City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Death Records, 1896-1917, by Bobbie Jones McLane.
9 "Death in the Game," Freeman (Indianapolis), 2/24/1917, transcribed at agatetype.typepad.com