Quincy Gems (baseball)
|Previous||Single-A, Class D, Class B|
|Minor league affiliations|
|Midwest League (1960–1973)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||9 1889, 1913, 1929, 1931, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1961, 1970|
|Ballpark||Q Stadium (1946–1973); Eagles Stadium|
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.
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). 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).
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.
Beginning in 1946, Quincy teams played at Q Stadium. Previously the team played at Eagles Stadium. Q Stadium was built in 1939 and is still an active baseball stadium, located at 1800 Sycamore Street, Quincy, IL 62301. 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.
Baseball Hall of Fame Alumni
- Whitey Herzog (1952) Inducted, 2010
- Tony Kubek (1955) Ford C. Frick Award, 2009
- Bruce Sutter (1973) Inducted, 2006
- Hank Bauer (1946) 6 x MLB All-Star; 1966 MLB Manager of the Year
- Lew Burdette (1948) 2 × MLB All-Star; 1957 World Series MVP; 1959 NL wins leader; 1956 NL ERA leader
- Dick Coffman (1926)
- Jim Finigan (1964) 2 x MLB All-Star
- Jim Ray Hart (1960) MLB all-Star
- Woodie Held (1953)
- Vern Hoscheit (1953-1956)
- Walter Holke (1929)
- Baby Doll Jacobson (1929) .311 Lifetime Batting Average
- Buddy Kerr (1960, MGR) MLB All-Star
- Pete LaCock (1970)
- Dennis Lamp (1973)
- Hal Lanier (1961) MLB MGR: 1986 NL Manager of the Year
- Sam Mertes (1894) 1903 NL RBI Leader
- Joe Niekro (1966) MLB All-Star; 1979 NL Wins Leader
- Bill North (1970) 1974, 1975 AL Stolen Base Leader
- Fritz Ostermueller (1926) 1938 NL Saves Leader
- Ray Powell (1931)
- Gary Ross (1967)
- Hal Smith (1951)
(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)
|1897||56-69||6th||Bill Traffley / Eugene McGreevy|
|1889||66-50||1st||George Brackett||none League Champs|
|1892||12-23||NA||Bill Whitrock (6/15)/ John Godar? / Sam LaRoque|
|1909||62-73||6th||Louis Cook / Harry Hofer|
|1913||79-60||1st||Thomas Hackett / Nick Kahl||League Champs|
|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|
|1931||67-49||2nd||Walter Holke||League Champs|
|1932||38-31||3rd||Syl Simon||Team withdrew July 15, causing league to fold|
|1946||37-82||8th||Edward Marleau / Cedric Durst|
|1948||81-45||1st||James Adlam||Lost in 1st round|
|1950||64-60||4th||James Adlam||Lost in 1st round|
|1951||65-65||3rd||Dutch Zwilling||League Champs|
|1953||70-58||2nd||Vern Hoscheit||League Champs|
|1954||71-64||4th||Vern Hoscheit||League Champs|
|1961||67-59||4th||Buddy Kerr||League Champs|
|1963||56-68||9th||Sheriff Robinson / Wally Millies||none|
|1964||42-78||10th||Jim Finigan / Les Peden|
|1970||68-45||1st||Walt Dixon||League Champs|
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- "1976 Midwest League". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
- "Prospect League Standings". Retrieved July 3, 2018.
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- Baseball Reference Bullpen Retrieved July 3, 2018.
- "Prospect League Stadiums". Retrieved July 3, 2018.