Has a team from Quincy ever made it to the Little League World Series? No. In fact, no team from Quincy -- nor any team from Adams, Pike, Brown or Hancock counties -- has made it to the Little League's Great Lakes Region, Midwest Region or Central Region tournaments since records were kept starting in 1957.
QUINCY Marty Bell knew what his audience needed to hear. During a July 24 public forum as part of his interview for the position of athletic director at Missouri Western, Bell was asked if he was ready to give up coaching. "What could I do if I was just f
Tom Niemann will never forget the first time he saw Kirby Puckett play baseball. They were teammates for the summer of 1981 with the Quincy Rivermen, which was a member of the four-team Central Illinois Collegiate League. Niemann batted sixth in the order, one spot behind Puckett, for the season opener with the Danville Roosters. It was an inauspicious debut. Puckett went hitless in five at-bats. "He struck out three times on changeups," Niemann said with a laugh. "I think it made everybody wonder what the coach was doing."
A change in the rules in 1906 was the first step to making the game of American football as popular as it is today, and a Quincy man was one of the first to take advantage of the change. The Chicago Tribune reported in 1905 that 18 football players had been killed and 159 seriously injured that season. Some people called for the game to be outlawed, but President Theodore Roosevelt demanded that the rules be reformed.
It has been 15 years since Loren Wallace coached from the sidelines at Blue Devil Gym. Wallace, who turns 73 in August, coached basketball for 33 seasons. His teams won 682 games and never finished with a losing record. He is 21st in coaching victories in the Illinois High School Association record book.
Has there ever been a no-hitter in QU Stadium? If so, who threw it and what year? Several teams -- high school, college and professional -- have called QU Stadium home. First, let's start with the Quincy Gems.
Dustin Jacoby always knew he would be a professional athlete. When he was at Triopia High School in Concord, it would have made sense to think he could have been a professional football player. A knee injury suffered during his senior season ended scholarship offers at bigger schools, but he went on to play quarterback for both Culver-Stockton College and Quincy University. It was at Quincy where he got involved with mixed martial arts.