Lee Quillin (Trading Card DB)

Lee Quillin

This article was written by Daniel Dorff

Lee Quillin (Trading Card DB)Lee Quillin distinguished himself during 13 years in professional baseball in the early 20th century. He played for the 1906 World Series champion Chicago White Sox and the 1907 Sox team, contributing as a utility infielder. The right-hander also put together four minor-league seasons hitting over .300, plus another at .298; he helped his clubs to five pennants. A Minnesota native, he played for teams in Duluth and Minneapolis.

Leon Abner Quillin was born in North Branch, Minnesota, on May 5, 1882. The township (about 40 miles north of the Twin Cities) had just 707 people two years prior.1 His parents were Lemuel A. Quillin (b. 1849) and Anna Jenkins (b. 1854), each from Ohio.2 Lee was the second of five children, with siblings Lula, Myrtis, Meg, and Lemuel M. (known as Mac).3

In 1877 the elder Quillin arrived in North Branch as a performer and clown with the Great Australian Circus.4 That summer Lemuel A. and the other performers were stranded in North Branch when their manager skipped town without paying anyone.5 “[When] no tempting offers came [Lemuel’s] way [to continue his circus clown profession], the former clown … [and prior to that, trapeze artist6], purchased most of a block in downtown North Branch and expanded into several lines of business.” These included operating a grocery store and a hotel.7 During his downtime, Lemuel enjoyed umpiring baseball games and hunting,8 two activities in which Lee participated later in his life. In 1885, Lemuel became postmaster general at the North Branch station.9 He held that position during the first Grover Cleveland presidential administration, which ended in 1889. During the 1890s Lemuel opened and operated Lem Quillin’s Opera House.10 In 1894, he managed a baseball game for North Branch against Pine City.11

Aside from census data, no accounts of Lee Quillin’s life could be found before 1898, when at the age of 16 he played shortstop for North Branch. In a July 24 game against Pine City he collected two hits, a run scored, and an RBI.12 Two weeks later, he was out with an injury, having stabbed himself in the leg with a knife.13 The following year he played for North Branch again, batting leadoff in a July 4 game in Hinckley.14 In June 1900, Quillin left the North Branch team, having accepted an offer to play for Superior. There he received complimentary reports for his play, including the following: “It may be said that the good-looking new shortstop has ‘made good.’ He is quick on his feet and covers much territory.”15

In 1901, Quillin played for the Wolfs of Stillwater, Minnesota, as a member of the Joseph Wolf Co. squad. It didn’t take long to make a good impression. Described shortly after his arrival as “a treasure and braced up [by] the team,” the Stillwater Daily Gazette reported that he “made a great showing in the warming up and did phenomenal work in the game. He is a great batter, a superb fielder and runs bases like lightning …. The general opinion of the baseball enthusiasts is that Lee Quillan (sic) is a success as a shortstop. He is wide-awake all the time, covers much territory, hits the ball hard and plays an all around, intelligent game of ball.”16

In August, the Saint Paul Globe reported that “the young shortstop for the Stillwater team promises to become one of the best ball players that Minnesota has yet produced. Although but nineteen years of age, he has already distinguished himself as a slugger at the bat far above any of his coplayers. He never fails to connect, and in Sunday’s game he lined out a home run and a three-bagger. Quillin’s friends believe it will only be a question of a very short time before he finds his way into one of the major leagues.”17 On September 2 against Menominee, he scored four runs on three hits with four stolen bases, including a steal of home. The Stillwater Daily Gazette reported that in the second inning, he “got the glad hand and the ha ha for stealing home on a pitched ball, sliding to the home plate.”18

Quillin signed with the Minneapolis Millers of the independent minor American Association in 1902.19 However, the season proved to be a challenge for him. Despite being an infielder, he began the season in left field.20 He then struggled through injuries.21 The net result: he was called “unsteady.”22 He received criticism for his defense, particularly his throwing.23 Yet despite his midseason struggles, he was still described as “fast as chain lightning, and a fair batter.”24 Another report likened his speed to that of a terrier.25 He was also described as “a hard working, conscientious player.”26 As the season progressed and he began distancing himself from injuries, the newspapers began to report on his significant improvement,27 including on defense.28 He was expected back as a utility player the following season.29

In May 1903, however, Quillin was released and joined the Duluth club of the Class D Northern League. He batted .254 in 84 games and finished second in the league in fielding percentage at third base (.923) and third-best at second base (.908).30 “The fast infielder” returned to Duluth in 1904 and played third.31 He hit .319 with an .873 fielding percentage and helped the Cardinals to the best record in the Northern League.32

Ahead of the 1905 season, Quillin joined the St. Joseph (Missouri) Saints of the Class A Western League. As the season progressed, reports continued of his speed and good offense, though again his defense was questionable, particularly his throwing.33 Regarding his speed, in the May 14 game against Colorado Springs, he stole home.34 A week later, he did the same against Denver.35 He hit .304 for the season while appearing in 137 games.

Quillin’s success at the plate and on the base paths in 1905 earned him a contract offer over the offseason by the St. Louis Cardinals.36 He was invited to compete for their third base job.37 He did not make the team in 1906, however.38 Thus, he went to the Lincoln (Nebraska) Ducklings of the Western League, a club formed earlier that offseason by William “Ducky” Holmes after Holmes had been released by the Chicago White Sox. Holmes acquired all the St. Joe’s players from 1905, including Quillin.39 Along with playing third base for the Ducklings, he also umpired a game in April between the Nebraska Indians, an American Indian barnstorming team,40 and the Cornhuskers, the local college team. He received positive reports for his work.41 After he retired from playing, Quillin returned to umpiring.

On May 4, the Ducklings’ 1906 regular season began. As of June 7, Quillin was hitting .316 with 12 stolen bases in 33 games.42 His offensive prowess continued. Twelve days later, in a game against the Denver Grizzlies, Quillin hit a grand slam.43 By July, reports of interest from major league clubs resurfaced.44 Ban Johnson, president of the American League, sent notice to Ducky Holmes “to name his price for his third baseman.”45 As of July 25, Quillin was hitting .370 with 21 stolen bases in 84 games.46

About two weeks later, Quillin’s rights were officially acquired by the White Sox, as detailed in the following report:

“Lee Quillin, third baseman on the Lincoln club and a star in the Western League for the last two seasons, has become the baseball property of Magnate Charles] Comiskey of the Chicago American league team. Quillin is to finish the season with Lincoln, after which he is to go to Chicago and join the White Sox. The transfer of Quillin is to consummate a deal made by Manager Ducky Holmes of the Lincoln club at the time of his release by Comiskey last winter. Holmes agreed to give Comiskey the pick of one player on the Lincoln club. Comiskey has selected Quillin and has already forwarded notice of the selection to the national commission in fulfillment of Holmes’ contract and release. Quillin has played four years of professional ball. He is now batting .371, while his fielding record to date is better than .930. Connie Mack … offered $2,500 for the player, but Holmes’ hands were tied by his contract with Comiskey, and the Lincoln manager could not accept.”47

Along the way, in addition to the Philadelphia Athletics (Mack’s club), Quillin drew interest from the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals remained interested– they were willing to pay $3,000 for his release.48

As it turned out, Quillin didn’t get to finish the season with Lincoln. Holmes received an urgent telegram from Comiskey calling up the prospect on September 2449 after an ankle injury to second baseman Frank Isbell.50 Quillin’s final line in 138 games with Lincoln was a .350 batting average with 35 stolen bases.51 He recorded a .908 fielding percentage.

On September 30, with the White Sox fighting for the pennant, Quillin made his major-league debut playing shortstop in game one of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators. He went hitless in one plate appearance before being pulled in the fourth after looking “considerably rattled” and making “two bad throws to first.”52

Four days later, on October 4, with the White Sox having won the pennant, Quillin was put back in the lineup. He collected his first major-league hit, a single off future Hall of Famer Addie Joss, and scored a run. During this short stint with the White Sox, a newspaper revealed that Quillin had sent letters back to his Lincoln teammates indicating that he was “homesick” and wanted to return.53 In total, he appeared in four games with Chicago while collecting three hits in nine at-bats; he stole one base and made six errors.

The White Sox were headed to the World Series, but Quillin was not placed on the roster. It is unknown if he was eligible. However, Frank Isbell was back in action for the season finale and played every inning at second as the “Hitless Winders” upset their crosstown rivals the Cubs in six games.

Quillin chose to return to Lincoln for the winter to “enter the employ of a local sporting goods man.”54 Another report mentioned a job with a clothing company.55 On November 8, 1906, Quillin, at age 24, married Mary Mulliner, age 21, in Nebraska.56 They went on to have four daughters: Maxine, Shirley, Barbara, and Bonnie.

On March 11, 1907, while playing in a spring exhibition game with the White Sox in Montezuma, Mexico, Quillin hit a triple. The Nebraska State Journal reported, “The honor of lining out the first three-bagger ever made in Mexico fell to Lee Quillin.”57 The Chicago Inter Ocean added, “The Lincoln boy is the hero of the city of Montezuma tonight, and the Americans are offering to buy the town for him.”58

Having made the White Sox roster in 1907, Quillin alternated between stints at third base and on the bench. Not happy, he longed to return to Lincoln. Comiskey was willing to send him back, but manager Clark Griffith of the New York Americans kept claiming him on waivers.59 Comiskey, not wanting to lose Quillin, chose to keep him on the roster. As a result, he continued to play sporadically with the White Sox but struggled amid inconsistent playing time. Despite his struggles, he received mention for a game on June 21 in which he hit a game-tying single with two outs in the ninth that knotted the score at four. The game was called after 11 innings with no further scoring.60 In July, a report giving credence to Comiskey’s desire to not lose the reserve to New York issued this praise: “Quillin has made good to such an extent with the White Sox that he is the most talked of youngster that has broken into the game in Chicago in years.”61

Despite the buzz, the inconsistent playing time bothered Quillin. By the end of August, it was reported that he was “fairly frantic to come to Lincoln on a loan so that he might play every day and thus become more proficient in his profession.” The same report noted an additional factor in Quillin’s desire to return to Lincoln, describing older Sox teammates as cliquish and refusing to throw him the ball in practice.62 At the time, the lack of acceptance of younger, incoming players, was common. For many ballplayers, baseball was a way out of the mines or other dangerous work; they could also earn more money. This led the established players to perceive incoming players as a threat to their livelihoods. Quillin appeared in 53 games that season while starting 49 at third base, but he struggled both offensively and defensively.

In the spring of 1908, Quillin played on the White Sox “second club.”63 He was sold to the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association (by then Class A).64 He never played another regular-season game in the majors.

In the Millers’ season opener, Quillin hit the team’s first home run of the year.65 On May 1 it was reported that he was “a worthy successor…at third” and “batting in good form.”66 Nine days later, he was praised, as follows: “Lee Quillin is the most aggressive third baseman Minneapolis has had in years, and his work at that station is being appreciated. Nothing comes down his way that he does not make a try for … Quillen (sic) is a hitter, and can travel some on the bases, too.”67 As the season went on, though, he began to struggle offensively and defensively.68 The result was that he had to share time at third base.69 He eventually settled into a utility role in which he played every position besides catcher. While pitching, he appeared in two games and recorded one victory.70

Quillin returned to Minneapolis as a utility player in 1909.71 He received compliments for his play in right field.72 On May 15, the Minneapolis Journal reported that he received “the biggest ovation accorded a player this year for his running, one-hand catch of Delehanty’s foul in the third. It was a terrific drive, 30 feet outside, and Quillen nailed it at top speed. The stands came up to their feet in unison and applauded Lee from the field to the bench.”73

The praise for his utility work continued as the season progressed.74 Quillin became a fan favorite; by one description, “he is one fellow who plays baseball every minute and never lets down, no matter what the score.” That report labeled him “one of the best runners in the league” and added that “as a sacrifice hitter he has no equal.”75 With Quillin’s improvement in 1909, the Minneapolis Journal noted that he “has caught his confidence in himself, overcome his nervousness and … has become a popular favorite with the fans.” The paper noted that he was “responding to their applause with stellar catches and streaming throws” and that “he has been an oasis in the desert drear when it comes to playing the utility role.”76

Nonetheless, Quillin left Minneapolis after the 1909 season and joined the Sioux City (Iowa) Packers of the Western League.77 The team won the pennant in 1910;78 Quillin hit .316 with 14 home runs, 133 runs scored, and 45 stolen bases.79 He was included in a list of nine players from the league that would be a “nightmare for pitchers” if put together on one team.80

After his tremendous play, Quillin was drafted that fall by the National League’s Brooklyn Superbas.81 He battled for their third base job during the spring of 1911.82 Despite a valiant effort, he was released to the Denver Grizzlies in mid-April.83 He hit .273 that season and helped the club to another Western League pennant.

In 1912, he returned to Denver and again helped the Grizzlies to the pennant. He hit .298 but struggled on defense, making 50 errors. For the first time, he also gained a reputation as a dirty player.84 In 1913, Quillin was once again a Western League champion with Denver – but criticism of his dirty play continued. In particular, he interfered with baserunners. Various reports showed him intentionally standing in their path, shouldering and tripping them as they passed by,85 and holding onto them at third base to prevent them from scoring.86 Umpires watched him closely and he became unpopular while on the road.87

Not wanting to play for Denver any longer, Quillin entered the 1914 season threatening to jump to the Federal League unless he was allowed to play for Lincoln.88 In March his demand was met.89 Upon his acquisition the Sioux City Journal reported about his dirty play with Denver, stating that he had become infamous around the league for it – and that he wouldn’t be allowed to do any of that with Lincoln.90 That season, reports of dirty play ceased; however, he used the hidden-ball trick to tag a runner out at third.91

In the spring of 1915, Quillin announced his retirement from baseball.92 He began selling groceries in Lincoln.93 Newspaper accounts of Lee Quillin from this time on are sporadic. However, despite his retirement and having moved on to other ventures, his involvement with the game of baseball continued, per the following newspaper accounts:

  • In 1916, he filled in at third for a game with Lincoln against Denver in which he went 1-for-3 with a run scored.94
  • In 1925, he captained a team of youth ball players.95
  • The following year, 1926, he was paid to umpire a game between Ulysses and Seward in the Blue Valley League.96 A few months later umpired again as part of the Hamilton County Fair.97
  • Quillin spent the 1932 season umpiring in the Class D Nebraska State League.98
  • In 1938 and 1939 he was invited to play in old timers games in Lincoln.99 However, no accounts of whether he played or not could be found.

In 1943, he received mention as working for an engraving firm out of St. Paul, Minnesota.100

In later life, he fell and broke his hip; he spent his last years living with his daughters. On March 14, 1965, at the age of 82, Lee Quillin passed away from acute coronary thrombosis.101 He lived in St. Paul at the time and was survived by his wife, four daughters, brother Mac, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.102 He is buried in the Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul.103 His wife Mary, who died in 1976, was interred alongside him. Also buried in the cemetery are his father, mother, sister Myrtis, and brother Mac.

In 1992, 27 years after his death, his granddaughter Jo Anne Garrison Dow put together a book regarding the Quillin side of the family.104 In it, Lee’s daughters and another granddaughter, Linda, recorded the following memories of Lee:

“Grandpa was another colorful Quillin man! … The story I remember most is of his throwing a bat into the stands after a fan had heckled him too much. He was also a salesman for the H. J. Heinz Co.”

“He loved lemon meringue pie, TV (baseball, bowling, Lawrence Welk, Mitch Miller, and Ed Sullivan), loved to tell stories which he mostly made up, loved to tease and play practical jokes. April Fool’s Day was ‘his’ day and his favorite trick was to cover soap chips with chocolate and feed it to his grandchildren. … He loved to play cards but was known to cheat.”

“He was also known to be generous with his money, and he was the one who decorated the family Christmas tree.”

His grandson, John Green, added, “Grandpa Quillin loved practical jokes at anyone’s expense. He had a lot of magic tricks he performed, mostly card and coin tricks. He was … full of stories, all very colorful and graphic. He could swear with the best of them, and I remember sitting on his back porch for hours listening to his baseball stories … Grandpa was truly a character.”



The author would like to thank Mary Jo Jauert, granddaughter of Lee Quillin, for her time, information, and assistance. The author would further like to thank Elizabeth Ihde, Bill Pearch, Gene Gomes, and Ginger Gomes for their encouragement and feedback, all of which made this story better.

This biography was reviewed by Bill Lamb and Rory Costello and fact-checked by Terry Bohn.



Mary Jo Jauert, telephone interviews with author, December 6, 2022, and February 17, 2023.

In addition to the sources cited in the Notes, the author accessed Baseball-Reference.com. In the event of statistical discrepancies in newspaper coverage, the author always used Baseball-Reference as the definitive answer.



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2 U.S. Census 1900.

3 Familysearch.org, accessed June 14, 2022.

4 Helen McCann White, “A Circus Gone Up,” Minnesota History, Winter 1983: 321 http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/48/v48i08p318-331.pdf, accessed June 15, 2022.

5 Max A. Malmquist, From Prairie Chickens and Potatoes…to Houses, North Branch Regional History, Volume 2, North Branch, Minnesota: Max A. Malmquist, R. D. Rascal Inc. (2007), 344-3.

6 Jo Anne Garrison Dow, The Name Quillin (Chico, CA: Jo Anne Garrison Dow, 1992), 6.

7 Malmquist, 344-3.

8 Malmquist, 344-3.

9 Malmquist, 323-9.4.

10 Malmquist, 344-3.

11 Dow, 6A.

12 “Pine City vs. North Branch,” Pine County (Minnesota) Pioneer, July 29, 1898: 1.

13 “Didn’t Hold Out,” North Branch (Minnesota) Review, August 12, 1898: 1.

14 Hinckley’s Fourth,” Hinkley (Minnesota) Enterprise, July 8, 1899: 4.

15 “Home Club Wins,” North Branch Review, June 15, 1900: 1.

16 “Artistic Ball Playing,” Stillwater (Minnesota) Gazette, June 3, 1901: 3.

17 “Stillwater’s Crack Shortstop,” Saint Paul Globe, August 13, 1901: 5.

18 “Pounded the Ball Like Fiends,” Stillwater Gazette, September 3, 1901: 3.

19 “Stillwater Specials,” (Minneapolis) Irish Standard, March 1, 1902: 5.

20 “Baseball,” Minneapolis Journal, April 14, 1902: 12.

21 “Should be Higher,” Minneapolis Journal, June 14, 1902: 8 and “Baseball,” Minneapolis Journal, September 13, 1902: 9.

22 “Baseball,” Minneapolis Journal, April 28, 1902: 11.

23 Roche Prenevost, “The Minneapolis Baseball Team,” Minneapolis Times, August 3, 1902: 28.

24 “Fast in the Field,” Minneapolis Journal, May 24, 1902: 10.

25 “Baseball,” Minneapolis Journal, July 10, 1902: 14.

26 “Infield is Weak,” Minneapolis Journal, July 19, 1902: 9.

27 “Millers Split with Apostles,” Minneapolis Times, September 1, 1902: 3.

28 “Opening Up Well,” Minneapolis Journal, August 16, 1902: 8.

29 “Wilmot Gives Out List of Millers Players,” Minneapolis Times, November 27, 1902: 7.

30 “Hoffmeister Leads Northern League,” Saint Paul Globe, September 27, 1903: 7.

31 “Facts and Gossip Concerning the Northern League Teams,” Saint Paul Globe, April 3, 1904: 14.

32 “Fast Play in Northern League,” Minneapolis Journal, September 19, 1904: 13.

33 St. Joseph (Missouri) Gazette, April 12, May 3 and 26, June 19 and 30, and July 30, 1905, and “Was a Rotten Game,” St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press, August 10, 1905: 3. See also “St. Joseph Averages” St. Joseph News-Press, August 24, 1905: 3.

34 “Jobbers Fail to Make Good Again,” St. Joseph Gazette, May 15, 1905: 3.

35 “Jones Pitches a Brilliant Game,” St. Joseph Gazette, May 21, 1905: 4.

36 “Baseball,” Minneapolis Tribune, December 17, 1905: 38.

37 “Base Ball,” Alliance (Nebraska) Times-Herald, March 23, 1906: 2.

38 “Ducky Holmes’ Ball Team,” Omaha Bee, April 22, 1906: 7.

39 “Holmes Talk on Baseball,” (Lincoln) Nebraska State Journal, December 25, 1905: 8.

40 “Nebraska Indians Baseball Team,” The History Nebraska Blog, https://history.nebraska.gov/publications_section/nebraska-indians-baseball-team/, accessed February 27, 2023.

41 “A Gloomy Day for Collegians,” Lincoln Star, April 22, 1906: 5.

42 “Thomas Still on Top,” Nebraska State Journal, June 10, 1906: 5.

43 “Lincoln Takes Last Game,” Nebraska State Journal, June 20, 1906: 5.

44 “Quillin Goes to the White Sox,” Omaha Bee, August 10, 1906: 6.

45 “In the Realm of Baseball,” Lincoln Evening News, July 12, 1906: 8.

46 “The Lincoln Team,” Nebraska State Journal, July 29, 1906: 19.

47 “Quillin Goes to the White Sox,” Omaha Bee, August 10, 1906: 6.

48 “Lincoln to be Stronger,” Nebraska State Journal, November 4, 1906: 23.

49 “Start on Last Lap Today,” Nebraska State Journal, September 25, 1906: 5.

50 Richard Chabowski, Windy City World Series I: 1906, White Sox-Cubs: The Year, the Season, Enhanced with period original, poetry, Bloomington, Illinois: iUniverse, Inc. (2012): 330.

51 “Batting Averages,” Nebraska State Journal, September 30, 1906: 23.

52 “Tip O’ Neill and Lee Quillin Sign Contracts with White Sox,” (Chicago) Inter Ocean, February 12, 1907: 4.

53 “Quillin is Homesick,” Nebraska State Journal, October 2, 1906: 5.

54 “Quillin Will Return,” Lincoln Star, October 8, 1906: 6.

55 “Holmes in Chicago,” Nebraska State Journal, October 15, 1906: 5.

56 “About People in Nebraska,” Lincoln Star, November 9, 1906: 2.

57 “Lee Quillin Making Good,” Nebraska State Journal, March 12, 1907: 3.

58 “Cubs Win Their Opening Contest,” Inter Ocean, March 11, 1907: 9.

59 “Gossip of the Western League,” Nebraska State Journal, April 28, 1907: 23.

60 “Chicago and Boston Quit Tied After Eleven Innings,” (Nebraska) Evening World-Herald, June 22, 1907: 5.

61 “Gossip of the Western League,” Nebraska State Journal, July 28, 1907: 23.

62 “Gossip of the Western League,” Nebraska State Journal, August 25, 1907: 19.

63 “Cantillon Undecided Between Two Sox Men,” Minneapolis Tribune, March 28, 1908: 16.

64 “Cantillon Hopes to Get Andy Oyler Back,” Minneapolis Tribune, April 3, 1908: 8.

65 “Minneapolis “Reds” Lose First Game to Toledo,” Minneapolis Tribune, April 17, 1908: 8.

66 “Fans to Watch the Play of the Millers with Careful Eye,” Minneapolis Journal, May 1, 1908: 14.

67 “Cantillon’s Men Fail to Find Hitt and Lose Opening Contest,” Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, May 10, 1908: 43.

68 O’Loughlin, “Gans in His Defeat Has the Sympathy of the Following of Boxing,” Minneapolis Journal, July 6, 1908: 13. The report about Lee Quillin is found under the letter “L.”

69 W. Fallen, “Around the A.A. Circuit,” Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, June 28, 1908: 39.

70 “Lee Quillen to Work for Millers,” Minneapolis Journal, March 2, 1909: 12.

71 “Cantillon Has Promising Bunch,” Minneapolis Journal, March 3, 1909: 13.

72 “Notes of the Millers,” Minneapolis Journal, May 13, 1909: 11.

73 “Notes of the Game,” Minneapolis Tribune, May 15, 1909: 19.

74 O’Loughlin, “Kid Cannon Not Given His Just Dues in the Annals of Fighting,” Minneapolis Journal, June 3, 1909: 15. The report is found under “The Coming of Cravath…”

75 “Over the Plate,” Minneapolis Tribune, August 8, 1909: 58.

76 “Hughes and Clymer to Join Millers on Local ball Lot on Wednesday,” Minneapolis Journal, August 10, 1909: 8.

77 “Sporting,” Sioux City (Iowa) Journal, April 14, 1910: 1.

78 Sioux City Club with .300 Average Wins 1910 Western League Pennant,” Tacoma (Washington) Times, October 18, 1910: 2.

79 “Fan Picks Dahlen’s Team to Finish in First Division,” (Brooklyn) Standard Union, February 7, 1911: 11. The report is found under “At third base there are three candidates…”

80 “Western League Averages,” Sioux City Journal, July 24, 1910: 11.

81 “New Superbas Who are Expected to Make Good,” Brooklyn Eagle, December 25, 1910: 44. The report is found under “Quillen Hails from Minnesota.”

82 E. D. Zimmerman, “Zimmerman and Quillin will Have Duel to Cover Third Base,” Brooklyn Times, January 23, 1911: 10.

83 “’Doc’ Scanlan Signs Contract to Pitch for Brooklyn Club,” Brooklyn Times, April 17, 1911: 5.

84 “Denver Shut Out,” Topeka (Kansas) State Journal, April 30, 1912: 3 and “Sporting Briefs,” Sioux City Journal, May 1, 1912: 10.

85 “Jake’s Junk,” Topeka State Journal, March 13, 1914: 9.

86 “Around the Circuit,” Sioux City Journal, March 31, 1914: 8.

87 “On the Bench,” Topeka State Journal, May 23, 1913: 8. The report is found under “Lincoln Star.

88 “Jones Opposed to 106-Game Season,” Omaha News, February 9, 1914: 7.

89 “Lee Quillin Has Signed,” Nebraska State Journal, March 8, 1914: 4.

90 “Around the Circuit,” Sioux City Journal, March 31, 1914: 8.

91 “Judgements,” Omaha Bee, July 12, 1914: 35.

92 “The Spotlight of Sport,” Lincoln Journal, March 17, 1915: 9.

93 “Some Early Spring Dope on State League Doings,” York Daily News-Times, May 4, 1915: 6.

94 “Halla’s First Defeat,” Lincoln Star, May 28, 1916: 13.

95 “Shriners to Hold Picnic,” Seward (Nebraska) Journal, July 16, 1925: 1.

96 “Ulysses and Seward Play Snappy Game,” Blue Valley (Nebraska) Blade, July 7, 1926: 1.

97 “Hamilton County Fair,” Giltner Gazette, August 26, 1926: 5.

98 “Quillin, Once Lincoln Star, Takes Ump’s Job,” Omaha Evening Bee-News, July 2, 1932: 10.

99 “Old Timers Slated for 3 Inning Game,” Nebraska State Journal, June 23, 1938: 9 and Nebraska State Journal, August 10, 1939: 7. The report is found under “Jerry Lee, former Husker sprinter…”

100 Nebraska State Journal, December 7, 1943: 10. The report is found under “Lee Quillen, who preformed for …”

101 Death Record

102 “Funerals,” Lincoln Star, March 17, 1965: 15.

103 Findagrave.com, accessed June 14, 2022.

104 Dow, 14.

Full Name

Leon Abner Quillin


May 5, 1882 at North Branch, MN (USA)


May 14, 1965 at White Bear Lake, MN (USA)

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