From the Register Mail
Knox College has always been home to Pete Thierry.
â€œWhere third base is at the Knox baseball field is where our house used to sit. I was born and raised right there,â€ he said. â€œI lived on Central Street.â€
Thierry, 74, who stands about 5-foot-5, has short black hair tinged with gray and white, a black mustache and an ever-present pair of black Gucci glasses, has been attending Knox games for the past 57 years. â€œIt is just a school that I was born close to and it became a part of my life,â€ he said. â€œI had a cousin, Binky Johnson, who played for Knox. He was from East Moline. I followed him all four years he played at Knox.â€
Thierry, a 1953 Galesburg High School graduate, is a former Silver Streaks basketball and baseball star. He also played football for one year, but he would not have if it were not for the Knox connection.
â€œI weighed 100 pounds and was the starting quarterback my sophomore year. Before the football season, Bill Heerde, who played for Knox and was from Knoxville, taught me how to throw a football. He was a quarterback,â€ Thierry said. â€œI went to the old Galesburg High School which is where the Public Safety Building is now and I would cut across through Knox to go to school. I would always stop and watch them practice football.â€
Heerde is not the only Knox athlete Thierry has bonded with over the years. For three years, he played summer league softball with Knoxâ€™s athletic director and head football coach, Chad Eisele, who graduated from Knox in 1993.