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Full Name: Robert Henry Adams Primary Position: 3B,2B
Height/Weight: 5' 10.5"/160 First Game: April 16, 1946
Birthdate: December 14, 1921 Final Game: April 22, 1959
Birthplace: Tuolumne, California MLB Experience: 14 years
Died: February 13, 1997
Deathplace: Gig Harbor, Washington
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Robert Henry Adams (December 14, 1921 - February 13, 1997) was a third baseman/second baseman in Major League Baseball. From 1946 through 1959, he played for the Cincinnati Reds & Redlegs (1946-1955[start]), Chicago White Sox (1955[end]), Baltimore Orioles (1956) and Chicago Cubs (1957–1959). Adams batted and threw right handed. He was born in Tuolumne County, California.

In a 14-season career, Adams posted a .269 batting average with 37 home runs and 303 RBI in 1281 games played.

Adams started his major league career in 1946 with Cincinnati as their regular second baseman. Despite his infield background, the next five years he served mostly as a backup for Grady Hatton (3B) and Connie Ryan (2B). Finally, Adams became the regular third baseman for Cincinnati in 1951. His most productive season came in 1952, when he led the National League in singles (152), at-bats (637) and games (154), while batting .283 with career-numbers in hits (180) and doubles (25). He also was considered in National League MVP voting.

In the 1955 midseason, Adams was purchased by the Chicago White Sox. Traded to the Baltimore Orioles before 1956, he also played and coached for the Chicago Cubs from 1957–59, helping young infielders improve their play.

Following his playing career, Adams continued as a coach with the Cubs. In 1966, the organization named him manager for Triple-A Tacoma Cubs of the Pacific Coast League. But Adams’ six-year tenure in Tacoma ended in 1971 when Chicago pulled out of Tacoma, moving its team to Midland, Texas. After that, he retired from baseball.

Bobby Adams died in Gig Harbor, Washington, at age 75.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1946 CIN N 94 311 35 76 4 24 .244 .292 .344 13 3 18 32 3 14 16 0 7
1947 CIN N 81 217 39 59 4 20 .272 .358 .396 11 2 25 23 4 7 9 0 2
1948 CIN N 87 262 33 78 1 21 .298 .361 .408 20 3 25 23 1 7 6 0 5
1949 CIN N 107 277 32 70 0 25 .253 .317 .325 16 2 26 36 0 5 4 0 6
1950 CIN N 115 348 57 98 3 25 .282 .361 .414 21 8 43 29 0 3 7 0 2
1951 CIN N 125 403 57 107 5 24 .266 .338 .357 12 5 43 40 1 3 4 0 6
1952 CIN N 154 637 85 180 6 48 .283 .334 .363 25 4 49 67 0 8 11 0 15
1953 CIN N 150 607 99 167 8 49 .275 .338 .357 14 6 58 67 0 12 3 0 7
1954 CIN N 110 390 69 105 3 23 .269 .362 .387 25 6 55 46 3 4 2 1 4
1955 CIN N 64 150 23 41 2 20 .273 .368 .413 11 2 20 21 3 2 2 1 3
1955 CHI A 28 21 8 2 0 3 .095 .240 .190 0 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
1955 Total 92 171 31 43 2 23 .251 .352 .386 11 3 24 25 3 2 2 1 3
1956 BAL A 41 111 19 25 0 7 .225 .362 .297 6 1 25 15 0 5 1 0 1
1957 CHI N 60 187 21 47 1 10 .251 .320 .342 10 2 17 28 2 5 0 0 2
1958 CHI N 62 96 14 27 0 4 .281 .324 .406 4 4 6 15 0 3 2 0 2
1959 CHI N 3 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 1212 3887 564 1055 37 293 .271 .339 .371 182 47 385 428 17 73 66 2 61
Total AL 69 132 27 27 0 10 .205 .344 .280 6 2 29 19 0 5 1 0 1
Total 1281 4019 591 1082 37 303 .269 .340 .368 188 49 414 447 17 78 67 2 62

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1946 CIN N 3B 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1946 CIN N 2B 74 0 0 190 251 15 67 0 0 0 0 0 .967
1946 CIN N OF 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1947 CIN N 2B 69 0 0 172 177 12 46 0 0 0 0 0 .967
1948 CIN N 3B 7 0 0 7 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1948 CIN N 2B 64 0 0 160 143 11 33 0 0 0 0 0 .965
1949 CIN N 2B 63 0 0 162 138 5 29 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1949 CIN N 3B 14 0 0 14 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .947
1950 CIN N 2B 53 0 0 124 138 5 30 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1950 CIN N 3B 42 0 0 46 62 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 .923
1951 CIN N 2B 42 0 0 112 93 9 25 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1951 CIN N OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1951 CIN N 3B 60 0 0 72 122 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 .956
1952 CIN N 3B 154 0 0 176 328 20 28 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1953 CIN N 3B 150 0 0 159 324 25 39 0 0 0 0 0 .951
1954 CIN N 3B 93 93 795.2 127 186 16 24 1 0 0 0 0 .951
1954 CIN N 2B 2 2 15 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1955 CIN N 3B 42 0 0 35 88 4 11 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1955 CIN N 2B 5 0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1955 CHI A 2B 1 0 0 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1955 CHI A 3B 9 0 0 5 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .933
1955 Total 3B 51 0 0 40 97 5 11 0 0 0 0 0 .965
1955 Total 2B 6 0 0 7 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1956 BAL A 2B 18 0 0 39 25 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 .941
1956 BAL A 3B 24 0 0 23 40 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1957 CHI N 3B 47 46 407.1 43 68 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 .949
1957 CHI N 2B 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1958 CHI N 1B 11 4 48.1 44 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .961
1958 CHI N 3B 9 3 33.1 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1958 CHI N 2B 7 5 43 15 13 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 .966
1959 CHI N 1B 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
Total 3B 652 142 1236.1 711 1268 93 125 1 0 0 0 0 .955
Total 1B 12 4 50.1 46 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .944
Total OF 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 2B 399 7 62 989 989 62 245 0 0 0 0 0 .970

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Cincinnati Reds (1939).
  • Sold by Cincinnati Reds to Chicago White Sox (July 26, 1955).
  • Traded by Chicago White Sox to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Cal Abrams (October 18, 1955).
  • Released by Baltimore Orioles (May 28, 1956).
  • Signed by Baltimore Orioles (June 4, 1956).
  • Released by Baltimore Orioles (July 17, 1956).
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs (1957).
  • Released by Chicago Cubs (May 12, 1959).

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