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Quincy Thomas Trouppe (December 25, 1912 - August 12, 1993) was a 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, Georgiamarker.

He also played in the Mexican League, and the Canadian Provincial League. His teams included St. Louis Starsmarker, Detroit Wolves, Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs, Chicago American Giants, Indianapolis ABC's, Cleveland Buckeyes (whom he managed to North 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.

Trouppe caught six games for the 1952 Cleveland Indians and made 84 appearances with their Triple-A farm club. When he made his major league debut on April 30, 1952 at Shibe Parkmarker 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 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, Missourimarker.

Bibliography

  • Trouppe, Quincy. 20 Years Too Soon (1977). Autobiography ISBN 1883982073


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