Paul Zabala joined the International Boxing Research Organization in December 1984 and was one of IBRO's most prolific researchers. He painstakingly went through old newspapers from the Albany, New York area. He was also a contributor to the Ring Record Book. Zabala researched the following:
- Philadelphia Public Ledger: 1913-24
- Philadellphia Inquirer: 1925
- Buffalo newspapers: 1926-40
- Albany newspapers: 1907-21
- Rochester Democrat Chronicle: 1897-1900, 1924-25
- Rochester Herald: 1910-23
- Syracuse Herald: 1909-20
- Auburn NY Journal: 1920-28
- Binghamton NY Press: 1908-23
- Poughkeepsie NY Eagle-News: 1915-21
- Chicago Tribune: 1898-1921
He also researched newspapers from Schenectady, Troy, Utica, and Elmira. His newspaper research was done mostly in the state library in Albany after he retired from farming.
Obituary (after passing away August 21, 2008):
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Paul G. Zabala, formerly of Greenfield Center and the Home of the Good Shepherd, passed away Aug. 21, 2008 at the Wesley Health Care Center, surrounded by his loving family.
Paul was born in New York City and moved as an infant to the family farm in Greenfield Center. Paul was the son of the late Stephen P. and Veronica (Cabala) Zabala. He was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and was employed as a laboratory technician at International Paper Company for more than 40 years, retiring in 1989.
Paul was an extremely well-read man and had a passion for sports, most notably boxing and baseball. He was a contributing journalist over the years for the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO), compiling stats on numerous boxers, going as far back as 1905.
Paul also enjoyed learning about world history, events and travel, including his parents' homeland of Czechoslovakia. Paul toured the globe without ever leaving home with all of the knowledge he gained.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Estelle Zabala, brother Joseph Skibik and sister-in-law Catherine Zabala. He is survived by two brothers, Stephen J. (Mary) Zabala and William J. Zabala of Saratoga Springs, seven nephews, four nieces, nine great-nephews and great-nieces, and one great-grand nephew.
At Paul's request, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave., with the Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery, West Avenue.
Special thanks to the kindhearted staff of the fourth-floor Springs Unit at Wesley for the care and compassion they provided to Paul, especially in his final days.
Given Paul's enjoyment for continually learning, memorial gifts may be made in his name to Saratoga Central Catholic High School, Attn: Christopher Signor, Principal, 247 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 - the alma mater of his caregivers, his nephews Stephen and Gerard Zabala; or to The Wesley Foundation Project Homecoming, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.