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Full Name: Earl John Adams Primary Position: 3B,2B,SS
Height/Weight: 5' 5.5"/151 First Game: September 18, 1922
Birthdate: August 26, 1894 Final Game: September 30, 1934
Birthplace: Zerbe, Pennsylvania MLB Experience: 13 years
Died: February 24, 1989
Deathplace: Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Earl John "Sparky" Adams (August 26, 1894, Zerbe Township, Pennsylvania - February 24, 1989, Pottsville, Pennsylvania) was a professional baseball player who played with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds.

Adams was a dependable leadoff man and a good fielding second baseman and third baseman. He was a speedy baserunner usually finishing in the top ten in stolen bases. Highlights of his career included leading the National League in at-bats in 1925, 1926, and 1927 and in doubles in 1931, scoring 100 runs in 1927, scoring ninety or more runs in 1925, 1926, 1928, 1930, and 1931, and playing regularly on pennant winners in St. Louis 1930 and 1931.

Most people believe that Sparky Adams's best season was 1925, when he stole 26 bases and hit for a .287 average.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1922 CHI N 11 44 5 11 0 3 .250 .313 .295 0 1 4 3 0 1 1 0 1
1923 CHI N 95 311 40 90 4 35 .289 .346 .367 12 0 26 10 1 14 20 0 0
1924 CHI N 117 418 66 117 1 27 .280 .344 .337 11 5 40 20 1 14 15 0 0
1925 CHI N 149 627 95 180 2 48 .287 .341 .368 29 8 44 15 7 9 26 0 0
1926 CHI N 154 624 95 193 0 39 .309 .367 .375 35 3 52 27 5 19 27 0 0
1927 CHI N 146 647 100 189 0 49 .292 .335 .340 17 7 42 26 0 16 26 0 0
1928 PIT N 135 539 91 149 0 38 .276 .357 .325 14 6 64 18 4 21 8 0 0
1929 PIT N 74 196 37 51 0 11 .260 .316 .311 8 1 15 5 1 5 3 0 0
1930 STL N 137 570 98 179 0 55 .314 .365 .409 36 9 45 27 1 15 7 0 0
1931 STL N 143 608 97 178 1 40 .293 .340 .390 46 5 42 24 2 6 16 0 0
1932 STL N 31 127 22 35 0 13 .276 .352 .315 3 1 14 5 1 0 0 0 0
1933 STL N 8 30 1 5 0 0 .167 .219 .200 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 2
1933 CIN N 137 538 59 141 1 22 .262 .320 .310 21 1 44 30 2 15 3 0 10
1933 TOT N 145 568 60 146 1 22 .257 .315 .305 22 1 45 33 3 15 3 0 12
1934 CIN N 87 278 38 70 0 14 .252 .307 .317 16 1 20 10 2 1 2 0 2
Total 1424 5557 844 1588 9 394 .286 .343 .353 249 48 453 223 28 136 154 0 15

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1922 CHI N 2B 11 11 51 18 35 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 .914
1923 CHI N SS 79 0 0 153 248 28 44 0 0 0 0 0 .935
1923 CHI N OF 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1924 CHI N 2B 19 0 0 55 66 3 15 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1924 CHI N SS 88 0 0 169 277 28 62 0 0 0 0 0 .941
1925 CHI N 2B 144 0 0 354 551 16 90 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1925 CHI N SS 5 0 0 13 22 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1926 CHI N 2B 136 0 0 324 485 29 93 0 0 0 0 0 .965
1926 CHI N 3B 19 0 0 12 35 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 .959
1926 CHI N SS 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1927 CHI N SS 40 0 0 82 142 10 23 0 0 0 0 0 .957
1927 CHI N 2B 60 0 0 149 194 2 34 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1927 CHI N 3B 53 0 0 45 107 6 12 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1928 PIT N OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1928 PIT N 2B 107 0 0 265 343 18 54 0 0 0 0 0 .971
1928 PIT N SS 27 0 0 52 97 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1929 PIT N 3B 15 0 0 7 24 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .939
1929 PIT N SS 30 0 0 33 58 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 .901
1929 PIT N OF 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1929 PIT N 2B 20 0 0 33 48 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 .942
1930 STL N 2B 25 0 0 62 85 4 25 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1930 STL N SS 7 0 0 12 20 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .889
1930 STL N 3B 104 0 0 66 159 8 18 0 0 0 0 0 .966
1931 STL N SS 6 0 0 9 16 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1931 STL N 3B 138 0 0 118 223 13 29 0 0 0 0 0 .963
1932 STL N 3B 30 0 0 25 42 5 11 0 0 0 0 0 .931
1933 STL N 3B 3 0 0 0 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .750
1933 STL N SS 5 0 0 5 16 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .955
1933 CIN N 3B 132 0 0 121 272 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 .963
1933 CIN N SS 8 0 0 6 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1933 TOT N 3B 135 0 0 121 278 17 16 0 0 0 0 0 .959
1933 TOT N SS 13 0 0 11 33 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1934 CIN N 3B 38 0 0 31 75 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 .955
1934 CIN N 2B 29 0 0 61 81 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 .979
Total 3B 532 0 0 425 943 58 101 0 0 0 0 0 .959
Total OF 4 0 0 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 2B 551 11 51 1321 1888 85 332 0 0 0 0 0 .974
Total SS 297 0 0 536 916 87 163 0 0 0 0 0 .943

Transactions

  • Traded by Chicago Cubs with Pete Scott to Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Kiki Cuyler (November 28, 1927).
  • Sold by Pittsburgh Pirates to St. Louis Cardinals (November, 1929).
  • Traded by St. Louis Cardinals with Paul Derringer and Allyn Stout to Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Leo Durocher, Dutch Henry and Jack Ogden (May 7, 1933).

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