Sports Notables From Springfield Illinois

Springfield has always been a town with great athletes.

In most recent history the young at heart can remember that 1948 was the year that professional baseball came to our capital city. During this year was the 1st season and advent of the Sallies, a Professional Baseball League team, who was folded the following year because of their disappointing performance. But our town never gave up and so by 2008 Sliders arrived and made a home. The baseball team is the latest club and also a minor league baseball franchise.

Interestingly, Springfield was once a home to a football team called the Stallions; they played at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in 2007. The Prairie Capital Convention Center was recently renamed as the BOS Center. This is where many large events are held, like concerts and city basketball tournaments. Here is how we get back to the office:

There was also a Semi Pro Football Teams. Established in 1992, the Capital City Outlaws is the oldest organization. Outlaws played in The Midwest Football League until they switched to a Semi Pro Football League in 2004. In 2008, they had an expansion team Sangamon County Foxes who played in Mid Stated Football League (MSFL). They also played in MSFL League Championship in 2012 and became runners-up. We have even had a hockey team here – The Junior Blues, a North American Hockey League;

We can also take pride with the professional athletes from the city.

Major League Baseball players born in our town are: Jeff Fassero, Kevin Seitzer, Jason Knoedler, Justin Knoedler, Ryan O’Malley and Robin Roberts. Robin Roberts is in the Hall of Fame. In fact Robin Roberts Stadium is named after him.
The Schofields are also very well-known name in Springfield. Dick “Ducky” Schofield, a former MLB player, is an official of the city and the next generations of Schofields are also athletes. Son Dick played the Major Leagues and grandson Jayson Werth also. Daughter Kim Schofield Werth competed in the tracks of US Olympic Trials to add to the list.
We also have our NBA stars. There are Dave Robisch, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Gamble. Andre was awarded the MVP of the NBA playoffs in 2015.

A SHS graduate Bob Trumpy was a Cincinnati Bengal Pro Bowl tight end and an announcer of NFL in NBC. Our kids went to SHS.

Otto Stowe was also the NFL wide receiver and graduated in Feitshans High School. Matt Mitrione, a UFC fighter, was a graduate and an football athlete of Sacred Heart Griffin and an undrafted free agent of NFL.

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