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Joseph L. Quest

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Joe Quest appeared in 3 games in 1871 and then played nine more seasons from 1878-86. He was a second baseman with a weak bat. His Chicago White Stockings won the pennant three times in a row in 1880-82.

Given his batting averages, he must have been considered a strong fielder, but lifetime he made 424 errors in 598 games.

He managed the Eau Claire, WI entry in the Northwestern League in 1887. The team finished in 8th place with a record of 39-84.

After his playing career ended, Joe Quest spent time as a National League umpire.

He is given credit for coining the term "Charley horse". Origin of the term Charley horse.

Cap Anson's book recalls that Joe had played ball in the New Castle, PA area before 1878, and after his baseball days he worked at City Hall in Chicago.

He was reported to be "... down in Georgia, where he is slowly dying of consumption on the plantation of 'Em' Gross " in 1907. See [1]. Consumption was a term used to describe tuberculosis of the lungs in those days. In Sporting Life of September 16, 1916, Quest was reported to still be managing the plantation, and Gross was described as one of the old guard, so presumably it was Emil Gross.

"He was a fancy performer, ever eager to do some stunt to excite the admiration of the grandstanders. Catching a ball with his hands behind his back was a favorite." - Sporting Life, July 6, 1907

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