Hall of Fame Inductee - Mike Weiss
Mike Weiss is one of the many to dream of playing professional baseball. He is one of the few to live out that dream. A 1970 graduate of QHS, Weiss was selected in the 30th round of the 1970 amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs and spent six seasons in the organization, reaching the Triple-A level twice.
A right-handed pitcher, Weiss put together a 40-35 record with a 3.89 ERA as a pro. That included an 11-4 mark in 1973 pitching for his hometown Quincy Cubs in the Midwest League.
Weiss made stops in the rookie league at Caldwell and Magic Valley, Idaho, before climbing to Quincy, Midland, Texas, and Wichita, Kansas. He made 144 appearances with 84 starts.
Weiss was dominant in high school, going 8-2 his senior season with a 1.12 ERA. The Blue Devils went 19-7 that spring as Weiss pitched 62 1/3 innings, striking out 104 while allowing only 23 hits. He gave up only three extra-base hits, all of which were doubles.
Weiss also 8-2 as a junior with a 1.74 ERA and 81 strikeouts.
Weiss' Acceptance Speech ...
I wish to thank Jeff Spear and the QHS Hall of Fame Committee for the nomination and induction into the Quincy Blue Devil Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and grateful for this recognition.
I'd like to thank Coach Zbornak and all of my teammates throughout my years of playing baseball at QHS. Coach Zeke knew my potential. On one occasion, I had broken my finger playing football and Coach Zeke advised me to give up football and concentrate on baseball. Without his advice and guidance, my career may not have continued past high school. Also, thanks to all the guys I played Little League ball with and who make the game fun. I never stopped having fun playing baseball.
I am thankful to have had the love and support of my parents, Jack and Bernie. They attended many games and drove many miles to watch me play. Thanks also to my wife, Susan, my children, Travis, Morgan, and Jennifer, and grandchildren, Bradley and Myley for their love and support.
I am proud to have been called a Quincy Blue Devil and grateful for this honor.
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