"Baseball Pioneers, 1850-1870, The Clubs And Players Who Spread the Sport Nationwide"
edited by Peter Morris,, William J. Ryczek, Jan Finkel, Leonard Levin
Publisher: McFarland and Company
Jefferson, North Carolina 2012
Chapter 6, Page 203
"...Even more importantly, for every player and club that proved itself on the national stage,
there were dozens who became local legends. In Pana, Illinois for example, "the first
baseball club was named the Excelsiors. J.C. McQuigg, still a leading attorney of Pana,
was the star catcher and batter of the club. He was known as the Babe Ruth of Central
Illinois, and won the state championship by knocking the ball out of the state fairgrounds
at Decatur, Illinois, for a home run and brought in three men with him, winning the game
and the silver cup."
J.C. McQuigg is James C. McQuigg, son of John McQuigg Sr. & Sarah McAfee of Wayne County, Ohio. James was a Civil War Veteran and was severely wounded at the
Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs and Bayou on December 29th, 1862.