John Q. Hammons, died at the age of 94 on Sunday. Hammons was a big supporter of college athletics in Springfield and was instrumental in getting the Cardinals to re-locate their Double-A minor league affiliate there. Hammons Field opened in 2004 at a cost of $32 million and he help fund Missouri State’s JQH Arena. He also built the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame facility in Springfield.
Statement from Missouri State:
“To say we are saddened by Mr. Hammons’ passing is an understatement,” said Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “The impact he has made on our campus, specifically with his commitment to athletics, is monumental. He had a passion for Missouri State University which drove him. He truly didn’t sit on the sidelines: he was driven to provide us with first-rate facilities and opportunities. The way he touched people’s lives, truly made us a better community. His vision, passion and love for Springfield and Missouri State will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Hammons and all those who are grieving with us today.”
Statement from Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III:
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Q. Hammons today. Mr. Hammons was a passionate advocate for bringing baseball to Springfield and a great friend of the Cardinals. The Cardinals organization extends its condolences to John’s family, his many friends and the entire Springfield community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time”