By Alan Sorensen
David Quick, a 1993 HHS graduate, finished up his collegiate career as a University of Arizona pitcher last spring and signed with an independent professional league in Ohio. Half way through the season, he was traded from his Ohio team, where hed compiled a 3-0 record, to a Pennsylvania team. He finished the summer with an overall record 3-3 and an ERA of 4.2.
Shortly after his arrival on the Johnstown Johnnies of Johnstown, Penn., the team was involved in a well-publicized rumble during a game outside St. Louis, Mo.
We were in a fight with a team managed by Jack Clark he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Quick said. Both coaches were arrested and we took nine people to the emergency room.
The team he played for in Ohio was owned by a man who scouts on the side for the Atlanta Braves.
The Johnnies own Quicks rights for one more year.
The level of play is high A, he said. A couple of guys on our team played for Great Falls and Helena, and they said we were a lot better. We had some guys on our team who played AAA San Diego Padres team in Las Vegas.
Quick finds his sisters success at the NFL level of professional sports ironic.
Geez, thats kind of funny, isnt it? he said. Its a pretty good feeling to see her out there. Im really proud of our family.
Quick graduated from UA with a degree in political science, but has no intention at this time of pursuing a career outside of baseball. He is looking for work that he can leave when his season and his chance for advancement in the world of hardball arrive.
In the meantime, fields he has played on during his collegiate and short professional careers include those that were made famous in the movies Major League, A League of Their Own, and A Field of Dreams.
His best pitch, he said, is his fastball.