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Full Name: Joseph Wilbur Adcock Primary Position: 1B,OF
Height/Weight: 6' 4"/210 First Game: April 23, 1950
Birthdate: October 30, 1927 Final Game: October 1, 1966
Birthplace: Coushatta, Louisiana MLB Experience: 17 years
Died: May 3, 1999
Deathplace: Coushatta, Louisiana
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

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.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1950 CIN N 102 372 46 109 8 55 .293 .336 .406 16 1 24 24 0 3 2 0 12
1951 CIN N 113 395 40 96 10 47 .243 .288 .380 16 4 24 29 1 2 1 0 25
1952 CIN N 117 378 43 105 13 52 .278 .321 .460 22 4 23 38 1 1 1 0 10
1953 MIL N 157 590 71 168 18 80 .285 .334 .453 33 6 42 82 2 6 3 0 22
1954 MIL N 133 500 73 154 23 87 .308 .365 .520 27 5 44 58 3 11 1 3 7
1955 MIL N 84 288 40 76 15 45 .264 .339 .469 14 0 31 44 2 2 0 3 13
1956 MIL N 137 454 76 132 38 103 .291 .337 .597 23 1 32 86 1 11 1 6 11
1957 MIL N 65 209 31 60 12 38 .287 .351 .541 13 2 20 51 1 0 0 3 7
1958 MIL N 105 320 40 88 19 54 .275 .317 .506 15 1 21 63 1 2 0 1 14
1959 MIL N 115 404 53 118 25 76 .292 .339 .535 19 2 32 77 0 2 0 6 8
1960 MIL N 138 514 55 153 25 91 .298 .354 .500 21 4 46 86 1 5 2 7 13
1961 MIL N 152 562 77 160 35 108 .285 .354 .507 20 0 59 94 2 4 2 4 22
1962 MIL N 121 391 48 97 29 78 .248 .333 .506 12 1 50 91 1 2 2 8 18
1963 CLE A 97 283 28 71 13 49 .251 .320 .420 7 1 30 53 0 1 1 4 7
1964 LA A 118 366 39 98 21 64 .268 .352 .475 13 0 48 61 0 0 0 4 13
1965 CAL A 122 349 30 84 14 47 .241 .315 .401 14 0 37 74 1 0 2 3 10
1966 CAL A 83 231 33 63 18 48 .273 .355 .576 10 3 31 48 0 0 2 6 11
Total NL 1539 5377 693 1516 270 914 .282 .337 .491 251 31 448 823 16 51 15 41 182
Total AL 420 1229 130 316 66 208 .257 .335 .461 44 4 146 236 1 1 5 17 41
Total 1959 6606 823 1832 336 1122 .277 .337 .485 295 35 594 1059 17 52 20 58 223

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1950 CIN N 1B 24 0 0 169 11 2 13 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1950 CIN N OF 75 0 0 177 6 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .968
1951 CIN N OF 107 0 0 221 8 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1952 CIN N 1B 17 0 0 117 3 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1952 CIN N OF 85 0 0 189 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1953 MIL N 1B 157 0 0 1389 96 13 146 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1954 MIL N 1B 133 132 1178.2 1229 67 6 125 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1955 MIL N 1B 78 0 0 725 44 8 68 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1956 MIL N 1B 129 0 0 1086 75 6 109 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1957 MIL N 1B 56 55 432 477 30 2 60 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1958 MIL N OF 24 23 189 39 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1958 MIL N 1B 69 60 490.1 525 36 6 55 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1958 MIL N LF 24 23 189 40 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1959 MIL N OF 21 20 160.1 46 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .904
1959 MIL N 1B 89 85 714 761 80 2 67 0 0 0 0 0 .998
1959 MIL N LF 21 20 160.1 44 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .900
1960 MIL N 1B 136 136 1205.2 1229 104 9 105 1 0 0 0 0 .993
1961 MIL N 1B 148 148 1315 1471 102 11 133 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1962 MIL N 1B 112 112 837.1 907 57 3 72 0 0 0 0 0 .997
1963 CLE A 1B 78 69 619.1 608 36 3 46 0 0 0 0 0 .995
1964 LA A 1B 105 102 823 959 54 7 94 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1965 CAL A 1B 97 94 711.1 789 45 3 68 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1966 CAL A 1B 71 57 524 565 39 2 60 0 0 0 0 0 .997
Total LF 45 43 349.1 84 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .935
Total OF 312 43 349.1 672 21 19 6 0 0 0 0 0 .973
Total 1B 1499 1050 8850.2 13006 879 83 1228 1 0 0 0 0 .994

Transactions

  • 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).

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