Quincy Gems (baseball)

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Quincy Gems
18841973
(57 Seasons)
Quincy, Illinois
Class-level
PreviousSingle-A, Class D, Class B
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues
Midwest League (1960–1973)
Major league affiliations
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 9 1889, 1913, 1929, 1931, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1961, 1970[1]
Team data
Nickname
  • Quincy Gems (1907-1908; 1913-1917; 1946-1956; 1964)
  • Quincy Cubs (1965-1973)
  • Quincy Jets (1962-1964)
  • Quincy Giants (1960-1961)
  • Quincy Indians (1928-1933)
  • Quincy Red Birds (1925-1927)
  • Quincy Old Soldiers (1912)
  • Quincy Infants (1911)
  • Quincy Vets (1909-1910)
  • Quincy Giants (1898-1899)
  • Quincy Little Giants (1897)
  • Quincy Blue Birds (1896)
  • Quincy Ravens (1890-1892, 1894)
  • Quincy Black Birds (1889)
  • Quincy Quincys (1883-1884)
BallparkQ Stadium (1946–1973); Eagles Stadium[2]

The Quincy Gems was the primary name of the minor league baseball team in Quincy, Illinois. Quincy teams played periodically for 57 seasons between 1883 and 1973. Baseball Hall of Fame members Bruce Sutter, Tony Kubek and Whitey Herzog played for the minor league Quincy franchise. The Quincy Gems name returned in 2009 with the current collegiate summerProspect League team.

History[edit]

The Quincy franchise was members of the Midwest League (1960–1973), Three-I League (1911-1932, 1946-1956), Central Association (1908-1910), Iowa State League (1907) and the Western Association (1884).

After beginning play in 1883, the team was first called the "Gems" in 1907 and had various other nicknames (Ravens, Vets, Giants, Cubs, Jets, Indians), some the same as their major league affiliate. The franchise played in the Western Association (1894-1899), Iowa State League (1907), Central Association (1908-1910), Three-I League (1911-1932, 1946-1956), and the Midwest League (1960–73).[2] They were affiliated with the New York Yankees (1946-1956), the San Francisco Giants (1956–60), New York Mets (1962-63) and the Chicago Cubs (1965-1973).[3]

Overall, the franchise won a total of nine league championships. Quincy captured the Western Association championship in 1889, and Three-I League Championships in 1913, 1929, 1931, 1951, 1953 and 1954. Quincy won the 1961 and 1970 Midwest League Championships, defeating the Waterloo Hawks in 1961 and the Quad City Angels in 1970.

After the 1973 season, the franchise was moved to Dubuque, Iowa playing as the Dubuque Packers in the Midwest League for two seasons, before the franchise was folded and not replaced.

The Gems name returned in 2009 by the collegiate summer Prospect League team called the Gems, who also play at a renovated Q Stadium.[4][5] [6]

The ballpark[edit]

Beginning in 1946, Quincy teams played at Q Stadium. Previously the team played at Eagles Stadium.[7] Q Stadium was built in 1939 and is still an active baseball stadium, located at 1800 Sycamore Street, Quincy, IL 62301.[8] The 1964 Gems had no major league affiliation, and were the last minor league team in the United States to operate independently until the 1973 Portland Mavericks.

Notable alumni[edit]

Baseball Hall of Fame Alumni[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Year-by-year record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1897 56-69 6th Bill Traffley / Eugene McGreevy
1889 66-50 1st George Brackett none League Champs
1890 41-42 4th Billy Murray none
1891 65-35 1st Billy Murray
1892 12-23 NA Bill Whitrock (6/15)/ John Godar? / Sam LaRoque
1907 61-66 6th Harry Hofer none
1908 73-55 3rd Harry Hofer none
1909 62-73 6th Louis Cook / Harry Hofer
1910 88-50 1st Bade Myers
1911 71-63 3rd Bade Myers none
1912 67-70 4th Bade Myers none
1913 79-60 1st Thomas Hackett / Nick Kahl League Champs
1914 61-71 6th Nick Kahl none
1915 65-56 4th John Castle
1916 57-77 7th John Castle none
1917 27-38 5th Ted Waring Season shortened to July 8
1925 54-82 8th Newt Hunter (41-68) / Henry Wingfield (13-14) none
1926 62-75 7th Henry Wingfield (19-28) / Henry Wetzel (43-47) none
1927 63-75 6th Charles Schmidt (3-4) / Mack Allison (22-23) / Charles Knoll (38-48) none
1928 50-85 8th Joe Riggert / Hal Irelan
1929 82-56 1st Walter Holke none League Champs
1930 78-58 2nd Ray Schmidt
1931 67-49 2nd Walter Holke League Champs
1932 38-31 3rd Syl Simon Team withdrew July 15, causing league to fold
1933 53-59 4th Joe Klugmann
1946 37-82 8th Edward Marleau / Cedric Durst
1947 50-75 7th Gordie Hinkle
1948 81-45 1st James Adlam Lost in 1st round
1949 59-67 5th James Adlam
1950 64-60 4th James Adlam Lost in 1st round
1951 65-65 3rd Dutch Zwilling League Champs
1952 54-72 7th Paul Chervinko
1953 70-58 2nd Vern Hoscheit League Champs
1954 71-64 4th Vern Hoscheit League Champs
1955 52-74 7th Vern Hoscheit
1956 56-64 5th Vern Hoscheit
1960 55-66 6th Sam Calderone none
1961 67-59 4th Buddy Kerr League Champs
1962 68-57 4th Ken Deal
1963 56-68 9th Sheriff Robinson / Wally Millies none
1964 42-78 10th Jim Finigan / Les Peden
1965 69-50 2nd Walt Dixon none
1966 61-63 5th Walt Dixon
1967 58-63 6th Harry Bright
1968 59-59 5th Walt Dixon
1969 64-55 3rd Walt Dixon none
1970 68-45 1st Walt Dixon League Champs
1971 61-63 6th Dick LeMay
1972 61-67 7th Dick LeMay
1973 61-64 7th Walt Dixon

Photos[edit]

Hall of Fame Pitcher Bruce Sutter, 1988
Hal Trosky Goudey card
Ed Walker, Quincy Vets, 1910

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Midwest League 1970". Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Quincy, Illinois Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Quincy, Illinois Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "1976 Midwest League". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Prospect League Standings". Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Quincy Gems sold to local group for $120,000". Herald-Whig. 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  7. ^ Baseball Reference Bullpen Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Prospect League Stadiums". Retrieved July 3, 2018.