Springfield Illinois Interesting Facts About Local Sports Legends

Springfield Illinois Sports Legends

Springfield has had outstanding sports programs for many years at all of the area high schools.  This article highlights a bit of Springfield IL sports history.

Lets begin with basketball. 

  • Certainly, Springfield has had its fair share of outstanding basketball players also including
  • Dave Robisch
  • Kevin Gamble
  • Andre Iguodala – who was MVP of the NBA Playoffs also
  • Alex Harden – attended Springfield Southeast HS and then went to Witchita State and now plays for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA

Now Lets Talk About Major League Baseball Heroes From Springfield

  • Kevin Seitzer
  • Jeff Fassero
  • Ryan O’Malley
  • Jason  Knoedler
  • Justin Knoedler
  • Robin Roberts
  • Jason Werth

Historically, Springfield Illinois has also actually been the home of a number of minor league baseball franchises including the Springfield Sliders that came to the city in 2008. Springfield was also home to an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League team, the Springfield Sallies in the 1948 baseball season,, however the team’s lackluster efficiency led them to be merged in with the Chicago Colleens.

Football – Major And Minor League History For Springfield

The city was the home of an indoor football group, the Springfield Stallions, who played at the PCCC  in 2007. Today, the city is host to the Junior Blues, a North American Hockey League group that plays at the Nelson Center. The city is also a host to several Semi Pro Football Teams. The earliest organization,  established in 1992, is the Capital City Outlaws.  The Outlaws was an eleven man team that played football until 2004 in The Midwest Football League. In 2004 it changed to an Semi Pro eight man team. The Sangamon County Seminoles ended up being an expansion group in the 8FL in 2008. A freshly formed team in 2010, the Springfield Foxes, play in the Mid States Football League (MSFL) (11 man). The Foxes were league runners-up in the MSFL League Championship in 2012.

National Football League (NFL)

Bob Trumpy , who attened Springfield High School, has been an NFL announcer  that did broadcasts for (NBC).

Otto Stowe – was a wide receiver in the NFL and was a 1967 graduate of Feitshans High School.

Track And Field All Stars

Kim Schofield Werth, likewise from Springfield, is a track star who contended in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Mixed Martial Arts:

Matt Mitrione has participated as a UFC fighter for many years.  He attended and played football for SHG.


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