The baseball career of Quincy Thomas Trouppe gives a clear picture of an African American ballplayer during the 1930s and 1940s before the Major Leagues were integrated. Trouppe, born on December 25, 1912 in Dublin, Georgia, spent fifteen years in Negro League baseball. He finally got the opportunity to put on a Major League uniform in 1952.
A 6’2”. 225 pound catcher, Trouppe’s journey through Negro League baseball began in 1930. He stopped to play with many of the most renowned franchises; the St. Louis Stars, Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs, and Chicago American Giants. But Trouppe was lured away to play in the Mexican League from 1939 – 1944. He returned before the 1944 Negro League season to be the player manager of the Cleveland Buckeyes.
Many of the great Negro League players that have plaques in the National Baseball Hall of Fame were either a teammate or competitor of Quincy Trouppe. He was elected by fans to play in five Negro League East-West All Star games.
As player manager for the Cleveland Buckeyes (1944 – 1947), Trouppe’s team won the 1945 Negro League World Series championship beating the famed Homestead Grays. It also won the 1947 Negro American League pennant, but lost the World Series to the New York Cuban Giants.
In 1952, when he was 39 years old, Trouppe signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Brought up from the minors once the season started, he made his Major League debut on April 30 against the Philadelphia Athletics. Trouppe went hit less in two at bats. Appearing in six games, he got one hit and was sent back to the minors in May.
What three former Negro League players were in the Indians’ line up when Quincy Trouppe made his Major League debut?