Jim Pransky, professional baseball scout for the Tampa Bay Rays and former Quincy University head coach, will be on campus November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to noon to sign copies of his new book: Josh and Josh: Small Towns, Big Leagues. The book details the story of Josh Rabe and Josh Kinney—two small town former Quincy University Hawks who, after college, ascended the baseball ranks and reached the major leagues. The signing will take place in the University Bookstore (1810 Lind St., lower level) and books will be on sale for $11.99 each. Rabe, who currently serves as head coach of the Hawks, will also be in attendance.
Jim Pransky coached the Hawks baseball team from 1989 to 1991. Since 1991, he has scouted for the Houston Astros (1991-95), the Oakland Athletics (1998-2005), and the Tampa Bay Rays (2006-current). Prior to Quincy University, Pransky served as head coach at St. Bonaventure University (1983-85) and assistant coach at George Washington University (1986).
While a member of the Hawks, Josh Kinney became the all-time leader in strikeouts (229), innings pitched (291.1). Kinney was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in June of 2001 and made his major league debut in July of 2006 during their World Championship season. He remained in the Cardinals’ system until 2011 when he was signed by the Chicago White Sox. Prior to the 2012 season, Kinney signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.
Josh Rabe played for the QU Hawks from 1998 to 2000 and was named Freshman of the Year (1998) and Player of the Year (1999) by the GLVC. He was named First-Team All-Conference in each of his three seasons. He remains among the Quincy’s all-time leaders in hits (first), doubles (first), runs scored (first), home runs (second), batting average (third), and RBIs (third). Following his junior season, Rabe was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and reached the majors in July of 2006. 2014 marks his fourth season as Hawks’ head coach.
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.