Every Cub Ever (Q)

    By Rick Kaempfer
    Jan 14th, 2015


    ~Mike Quade 1957 (Cubs manager 2010-2011)
    Quade was a local kid (Prospect High School) who had been a minor-league lifer, and had coached for the Cubs for years. When Lou Piniella announced he no longer felt like being the Cubs manager towards the end of the 2010 season, Quade was elevated to interim manager and led the Cubs to a winning record the rest of the season. The players seemed to respond to him. However, the next year they didn’t, and by midseason, everyone was saying that Quade was in over his head. Theo Epstein was hired after the season, and to the surprise of no-one, he quickly terminated the contract of his manager.

    Jim Qualls~Jim Qualls 1946 (Cubs 1969)
    Qualls was one of the many players that Leo Durocher trotted out to centerfield to solve their outfield problems in 1969 (with less than stellar results). Jim was a rookie, and he only hit .250, but he did have one magical moment that summer. On July 9th, he came up to bat with two outs in the 9th, and ruined Tom Seaver’s no-hitter. The Cubs traded him to the Expos the following year (for Garry Jestadt). Qualls only batted nine times in an Expos uniform before being shipped back down to the minors. He later had a cup of coffee with the White Sox in 1972. (Photo: Topps 1970 Baseball Card)

    You can never take this one moment away from Jimmy. Surely Tom Seaver remembers it quite well…

    ~Joe Quest 1852 (White Stockings 1879-1882) He was born during the Millard Filmore presidency. In his four seasons with the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings), Quest was the starting second baseman. Three of those years (1881-1883), they won the National League championship.

    ~Ruben Quevedo 1979 (Cubs 2000)
    He was supposed to be the hot pitching prospect the Cubs got in the Terry Mulholland & Jose Hernandez trade with the Braves. He went 3-10 with 7.70 ERA.

    Jack Quinlan~Jack Quinlan 1927 (Cubs Announcer 1950s/early 1960s)
    He was the radio play by play man for the Cubs for nearly a decade, starting in the mid-1950s. When he first began there were several stations covering the Cubs, and he handled the honors for WIND-AM. Beginning in 1957, he moved over to what became the exclusive flagship station of the Cubs, WGN. Jack was at the microphone during both of Ernie Banks’ MVP seasons, and was the first Cubs radio announcer to mention the names of future Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Lou Brock, and Ron Santo. Jack Quinlan was a master of painting a picture with his words, and when he died in a car crash after a golf outing during Spring Training 1965, the Cubs lost one of the best. Since 1967 a charity golf tournament in his name is staged every year to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.

    Here’s Jack from 1964…

    ~Frank Quinn 1876 (Orphans 1899)
    Quinn played second base and outfield for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) in his only big league season. The backup utility man appeared in 12 games as a 22-year-old. He was only 43 years old when he passed away in 1920.

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    ~Paddy Quinn 1849 (White Stockings 1877)
    Paddy was 16 years old when the Civil War ended–living in his hometown of Chicago. He embarked on a baseball career by the time he was 20, and played for several teams before the National League was founded. Paddy was 27 when he played for the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) for four games in 1877. Unfortunately, the outfielder only managed to get one hit in 15 plate appearances.

    ~Wimpy Quinn 1918 (Cubs 1941)
    His real name was Wellington Hunt Quinn, and his teammates called him “Wimpy.” Wimpy’s Cubs career was very short–he only pitched in three games–and he wore a different uniform number each time. It’s safe to say they didn’t call him Wimpy because of his size. Wimpy Quin was 6’2, 190 pounds, a big man by 1941 standards. He more than likely acquired the nickname because his given name (Wellington) was the same as J. Wellington Wimpy, the comic book character from Popeye. In 1942 the Cubs demoted their Wimpy and his 7.20 ERA all the way to their B-league team in Madison to learn how to pitch (he had been a first baseman–they were trying to convert him). Wimpy had a pretty good minor league career as a hitter (he hit .302 and hit 121 homers), but he never developed into a pitcher. Wimpy Quinn died of cancer in 1954 at the incredibly young age of 36.

    ~Luis Quinones 1962 (Cubs 1987)
    The Cubs acquired him in a straight up mustache for mustache swap (Ron Cey) with the A’s. Luis played exactly one season for the Cubs (1987) as a utility infielder, and hit a whopping .218, but Quinones was a welcome addition to the Cubs bench because of his good glove. In fact, we will go so far as to say that Luis is the greatest Cubs player (with a mustache and a last name beginning with Q) of all-time. You read that right. And we stand by our bold statement. (Topps 1988 Baseball Card)

    ~Jose Quintana 1989 (Cubs 2017-present)
    The Cubs acquired Jose in a blockbuster cross-town deal with the White Sox just before the trading deadline. Quintana pitched very well down the stretch (7-3 record, 98Ks in 84 innings) and pitched a gem in the NLDS versus the Nationals. He was also the tough-luck loser in Game 1 of the NLCS, leaving the game with the lead. Unfortunately, in his final start of the playoffs he was ROCKED by the Dodgers in the game that ended the Cubs championship run. Jose had an up and down 2018 season. He finished the year 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA.

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