December 25, 1912|
|Died: August 10, 1993
Creve Coeur, Missouri
|1930, for the St. Louis Stars|
|1948, for the Chicago American Giants|
|Career highlights and awards|
Quincy Thomas Trouppe (December 25, 1912 – August 10, 1993) was an American professional baseball player and an amateur boxing champion. He was a catcher in the Negro Leagues from 1930 to 1949. He was a native of Dublin, Georgia.
He also played in the Mexican League, and the Canadian Provincial League. His teams included St. Louis Stars, Detroit Wolves, Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs, Chicago American Giants, Indianapolis ABC's, Cleveland Buckeyes (whom he managed to Negro American League titles in 1945 and 1947), New York Cubans, and Bismarcks (a/k/a Bismarck Churchills). He played in Latin America for fourteen winter seasons and barnstormed with black all-star teams playing against white major league players. He managed the Santurce Crabbers in the Puerto Rican winter league, winning the 1947-48 season championship.
Trouppe caught six games for the 1952 Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball and made 84 appearances with their Triple-A farm club. When he made his major league debut on April 30, 1952 at Shibe Park he became one of the oldest rookies in MLB history. He was 39 years old. On May 3, he was behind the plate when relief pitcher "Toothpick Sam" Jones entered the game, forming the first black battery in American League history. Trouppe played his last game for the Indians on May 10. In his short stint with Cleveland he was 1-for-10 with a single (off Tommy Byrne of the St. Louis Browns in his last Major League game), a walk and a run scored. He handled 25 chances in the field flawlessly for a fielding percentage of 1.000.
He died at the age of 80 in Creve Coeur, Missouri.
- Trouppe, Quincy. 20 Years Too Soon (1977). Autobiography ISBN 1-883982-07-3
- Revel, Layton & Luis Munoz. "Forgotten Heroes: Pedro Anibal "Perucho" Cepeda" (PDF). Center for Negro League Baseball Research. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
- Kleinknecht, Merl F. 'Quincy Trouppe', Baseball Library (2002) Archived November 23, 2005, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 25, 2005.