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Elvin W. “El” Tappe was born in Quincy on May 21, 1927 and died in Quincy on Oct. 10, 1998.
He was a 1943 graduate of Quincy High School where he starred on both the baseball and basketball teams.
After serving in the U.S. Navy and participating in the Navy Chorus at the Great Lakes Training Center, Mr. Tappe returned to Quincy, where he earned four varsity letters in basketball and was a member of three all-conference teams. He graduated from Quincy College with a B.S. degree.
His professional baseball career began in 1947 at Henderson, Texas. He played six years at all levels in the minor leagues before joining the Chicago Cubs in 1953 and played with them as a catcher until 1962. At the same time from 1958 to 1962, he was in a dual role of player and coach (manager). Following his playing career he continued to coach in the Cubs’ farm system. He also scouted for the Cubs through 1975. He played and coached for the Los Angeles and Des Moines teams and managed the Salt Lake City team. He coached the National League All-Star team in Boston in 1960. It was the only tie All-Star Game.
He and his twin brother, Melvin, provided play-by-play broadcasts of local games on WTAD radio for 25 years. They also operated a sporting goods store in Quincy, starting in 1967. The store was taken over by two nephews, Tony and Tim.
Elvin married Donna Rae Hull Dec. 28, 1946 in Quincy. They have one son, Stanley M. Tappe and a daughter, Mrs. Tammy Meyer and husband Andy.