Hall of Fame Inductee - El Tappe

Tappe gained his first major recognition as a member of the 1944-45 Quincy High School basketball team that posted a 28-5 record and finished third in the state tournament. Tappe averaged six points a game for that team, which was paced by Don Bickhaus and Dick Heitholt, and coached by Derrick "Boots" Bush. El and his twin brother, Mel, also starred in baseball at Quincy High. After a stint in the Navy, both played sports at Quincy College. El, regarded as a superb defensive catcher, signed with the Chicago Cubs while at QC. He moved steadily up the cubs' minor league ladder and joined the big league team in the late 1950's El later became a coach and was part of owner Phil Wrigley's "College of coaches took turns serving as the team's manager. El was a basketball official in the Quincy area for many years, and also served as a local radio broadcaster. A member of the Quincy College Hall of Fame, El also was a charter member of the Quincy High School Sports Hall of Fame.

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