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Joseph Wilbur Adcock, nicknamed Billy Joe, (October 30, 1927 - May 3, 1999) was an American first baseman and right-handed batter in Major League Baseball, best known for his years with the powerful Milwaukee Braves teams of the 1950s, whose career included numerous home run feats. A sure-handed defensive player, he also retired with the third highest career fielding percentage by a first baseman (.994).
Adcock was born in Coushatta, Louisiana. He was signed by the Cincinnati Reds after a successful run at Louisiana State University, but Ted Kluszewski had firm hold of the team's first base slot. Adcock played in left field from 1950–52, but was unhappy and demanded a trade, which he received. His first season with the Braves was capped by a mammoth home run into the center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds on April 29, 1953, a feat that had never been done before and would only be accomplished twice more, by Hank Aaron and Lou Brock. On July 31, 1954, he accomplished the rare feat of homering four times in a single game, against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, and set a new record for most total bases in a game (18) that stood until broken by Shawn Green in 2002. Another notable home run was the blast that ended the epic duel between Lew Burdette and Harvey Haddix on May 26, 1959, in which Haddix took a perfect game into the 12th inning. Adcock did not get credit for a home run, however, because Aaron - who was on first base - saw the runner ahead of him score the winning run and thought the hit had only been a double and walked back to the dugout, causing Adcock to be called out for passing him on the base paths.
Adcock was often overshadowed both by his own teammates Aaron and Eddie Mathews, and by the other slugging first basemen in the league, Kluszewski and Gil Hodges, but he did make one All-Star team (1960) and was regularly among the league leaders in home runs. In 1956 he finished second in the National League in home runs, runs batted in, and slugging average. After playing for the Cleveland Indians (1963) and Los Angeles/California Angels (1964–66), Adcock managed the Cleveland Indians for one year (1967) and managed two more years in the minor leagues before settling down at his 288-acre (1.2 km²) ranch in Coushatta to raise horses. He died in Coushatta at age 71.
Most people believe that Joe Adcock's best season was 1961, when he slugged 35 home runs, hit for a .285 average and knocked in 108 runs.
- Signed as an amateur free agent by Cincinnati Reds (1947).
- Traded by Cincinnati Reds to Milwaukee Braves as part of 4-team trade in which Philadelphia Phillies sent cash to Milwaukee Braves; Milwaukee Braves sent cash to Cincinnati Reds; Philadelphia Phillies sent Russ Meyer to Brooklyn Dodgers; Milwaukee Braves sent Earl Torgeson to Philadelphia Phillies; Brooklyn Dodgers sent Rocky Bridges to Cincinnati Reds; and Brooklyn Dodgers sent Jim Pendleton to Milwaukee Braves (February 16, 1953).
- Traded by Milwaukee Braves with Jack Curtis to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Don Dillard, Frank Funk and a player to be named later (November 27, 1962); Milwaukee Braves received Ty Cline (March 18, 1963).
- Traded by Cleveland Indians to Los Angeles Angels (December 6, 1963) completing trade in which Cleveland Indians traded Barry Latman and a player to be named later to Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Leon Wagner (December 2, 1963).
- Released by California Angels (October 18, 1966).