Joseph L. Quest
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 6", Weight 150 lb.
- Debut August 30, 1871
- Final Game July 13, 1886
- Born November 16, 1852 in New Castle, PA USA
- Died November 14, 1924 in San Diego, CA USA
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 is given credit for coining the term "Charley horse". Origin of the term Charley horse.
He was reported to be "... down in Georgia, where he is slowly dying of consumption on the plantation of 'Em' Gross " in 1907. See . 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