202 Park Street

P.O. Box 48
Bishop Hill, IL 61419

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Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
from May 1st to October 31st



newark1"In Cady, Boston has picked up a man who looks like a first-class player.  He stands more than six foot high and throws overhead dead to the mark all the time," overserved Tim Murnane, the Boston Globe sportswriter, on March 16, 1912.  Murnane was commenting on a promising rookie catcher named Forrest "Hick" Cady from Bishop Hill.  Six months earlier the Red Sox had purchased Cady from the Newark Indians of the Eastern League for the princely sum of $6,000 and two players.

After the 1912 spring-training season, Cady accompanied the team north to Boston and went on to enjoy a seven-year career in the major leagues, including six with the Boston Red Sox on some of their greatest teams, most likely catching for Babe Ruth when the latter was still a twirler for the Sox, and including three World Series champions.  From 1903 to 1907, Cady played primarily with the Bishop Hill club, though on occasion he played for a sempiro team from Kewanee known as the Clippers, along with his older brother Victor.  His career-changing moment came in a doubleheader against a team from Bradford, when the Clippers' regular catcher split his finger and was unable to continue.  Even though he had never played the position, Cady donned the catching gear and set his professional career in motion.

In 1907 he tried out with the Rock Island club of the Three-I League, but was not offered a contract and went back to playing for Bishop Hill.  Toward the end of the season he caught on with Monmouth, an independent team, which sold him at the end of the season to Indianpolis of the American Association for $300.  After Cady returned home to Bishop Hill, he briefly played with the Kewanee Boilermakers of the Central Assocation and finished the 1908 season with the Ottumwa Packers of the same league.

After the 1910 season he signed with the Newark Indians of the Eastern League, where in 1911 he set personal highs in every offensive categeory except home runs.  In January 1912, the Red Sox purchased his contract.