Feb 16 2011

Quincy Trouppe: “20 Years Too Soon”

From Minor League Baseball:

The official record shows that Quincy Trouppe had a brief and thoroughly unmemorable career.

The Georgia-born backstop opened the 1952 season as a member of the Cleveland Indians and appeared in only six games before being demoted. He finished out the campaign with the organization’s Indianapolis farm club (mentoring young pitchers such as Herb Score) and never again appeared in organized baseball.

But numbers never tell the full story, something that is especially true in Trouppe’s case. In 1952, he was a 39-year-old veteran of 20 professional seasons. His pursuit of baseball had taken him to all corners of the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Colombia. Along the way, he played with, for, against or scouted an astonishing array of legendary players.

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