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Jacque Keeney

Inducted 1985

Biography

A seasoned participant on several Elgin semi—professional baseball teams, Jacque Keeney was one of the organizers of Little League Baseball in Elgin (1951). He managed the Elgin National Little League (ENLL) All-Stars to the state finals in 1951 and coached the 1959 All-Stars to the Illinois title. His 1974 ENLL Major Tigers racked up 38 victories over two years and the team's sluggers hit 40 homers in one season. In 1985 he helped coach the ENLL Major Giants to the league championship with a 25-2 record. All told, Jacque's ENLL teams won 12 league and three city (Hamm's) championships. As interest in Little League Baseball accelerated, he was instrumental in forming Elgin American Little League (1956) and served as that league's Player Agent through 1963. He was chairman of the Elgin Post 57 American Legion baseball committee in 1951 and 1952, during which Legion teams won state semi—pro titles. Jacque was booking manager/player/recruiter for the Elgin Athletic Club semi—pro baseball team (1959—60) which won two state championships and placed second in the nation in 1960. He also helped organize Pee Wee Football in Elgin (1956) and coached the Tigers, which won league titles the first two years. He helped reorganize the Teener League in 1963 and headed a committee to install lights at Trout Park, a project completed in 1978.