Quincy Gems (baseball)

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Quincy Gems
18841973
(57 Seasons)
Quincy, Illinois
Class-level
Previous Single-A, Class D, Class B
Minor league affiliations
Previous leagues

Midwest League (1960–1973)

Major league affiliations
Previous

Chicago Cubs (1965-1973)

Minor league titles
League titles 6 1913, 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 (1890-1895)
  • Quincy Black Birds (1889)
  • Quincy Quincys (1883-1884)
Ballpark Q Stadium (1946–1973); Eagles Stadium[2]

The Quincy Gems were a minor league baseball team that existed periodically for 57 seasons between 1883 and 1973, the franchise was based in Quincy, Illinois. The Gems were 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 the 1973 season, the Gems moved to Dubuque, Iowa playing as the Dubuque Packers in the Midwest League for two seasons, before the franchise was folded and was not replaced. Today, there is a collegiate summerProspect League team called the Gems, playing at a renovated Q Stadium, now owned by Quincy University.[3][4] Baseball Hall of Fame members Bruce Sutter and Whitey Herzog played for the minor league Quincy franchise.

Team history[edit]

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).[5]

The franchise won 6 championships, they captured the Three-I League Championship in 1913, 1951, 1953 and 1954. They then won the 1961 and 1970 Midwest League Championships, defeating the Waterloo Hawks in 1961 and the Quad City Angels in 1970.

In 2009, the Quincy Gems of the collegiate summer baseball Prospect League began play in QU Stadium and reincarnated the Gems moniker.[6]

The ballpark[edit]

Their home ballpark was Q Stadium, beginning in 1946. Previous to that 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

Notable alumni

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

Year-by-year record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1907 61-66 6th Harry Hofer none
1908 73-55 3rd Harry Hofer 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
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
1964 42-78 10th Jim Finigan / Les Peden

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. ^ "1976 Midwest League". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Prospect League Standings". Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  5. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Quincy&state=IL&country=US
  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.