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Sparky Adams

Sparky Adams
Born: August 26, 1894
Zerbe Township, Pennsylvania
Died: February 24, 1989(1989-02-24) (aged 94)
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1922, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1934, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average .286
Hits 1,588
Runs batted in 394
Career highlights and awards

Earl John "Sparky" Adams (August 26, 1894 – February 24, 1989) was a professional Major League Baseball player who played with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds.


  • Career 1
    • Chicago Cubs 1.1
    • Pittsburgh Pirates 1.2
    • St. Louis Cardinals 1.3
    • Cincinnati Reds 1.4
  • Height 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Chicago Cubs

Adams made his Major League debut with the Cubs on September 18, 1922.[1] He played 11 games during the

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Sparky Adams at Baseball Almanac

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Sparky Adams Statistics". Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  2. ^  
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Ballplayers - Sparky Adams". Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  4. ^ Harrison, James R. (1927-12-01). "Sports of the Times". Sports ( 
  5. ^ "Scribbled by Scribes".  
  6. ^ "Cardinals' Bear Stories Spread Gloom on Eve of World's Series". The Sporting News. 1931-09-24. p. 1. 
  7. ^ Brundidge, Harry T. (1931-09-24). "Sparky Adams, the Smallest Player in Either Major, Proves That Size Is No Handicap in Field or at Plate". The Sporting News. p. 3. 


See also

At five feet and four and a half inches (1.64 m), Adams was the smallest Major League player during his career.[7]


On May 7, 1933, Adams was traded along with Paul Derringer and Allyn Stout to the Cincinnati Reds for Leo Durocher, Dutch Henry, and Jack Ogden, after playing only eight games for the Cardinals that season.[1] He became the starting leadoff man during the 1933 Cincinnati Reds season, as he had been for the other teams he played for. During the 1934 Cincinnati Reds season, he was primarily a backup to Mark Koenig, was used as the backup second baseman and third baseman.[1] At the end of the season, Adams was released, and he retired at the end of the 1935 season. After his retirement, he became a farmer and a service station operator in Tremont, Pennsylvania. When he died in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on February 24, 1989, he was the last remaining player for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1931 World Series.

Cincinnati Reds

As the 1930 St. Louis Cardinals season began, Adams was given the starting third baseman job. He went on to have a career high batting average of .314, and hit a career high nine triples.[1] He played all six games in the 1930 World Series, hitting .143 as the Cardinals ended up losing the series. That season, every single Cardinals player with over 300 at-bats had a batting average over .300, the only time in history this has happened.[3] The 1931 St. Louis Cardinals season ended up being a career year for him. He was first in the league in doubles with 46, and had over 600 at-bats for the fourth season.[1] He also placed in MVP voting, finishing ninth with 18 votes.[1] He played 143 games over the season, however, an injury in September caused him to miss postseason time. He was injured on September 20 when, after winning a bunting and running contest before the game, sprained his ankle while taking part in the baserunning challenge.[6] He played two games as the Cardinals won the 1931 World Series.[1] The following season, he only played 31 games due to injury.[1]

St. Louis Cardinals

[1] purchased his contract from the Pirates after two seasons of playing in Pittsburgh.St. Louis Cardinals At the end of the season, the [3].utility infielder, he was being used as a 1929 Pittsburgh Pirates season However, his batting average began to decline, and by the [3] The 1927 season marked the end of Adams' time in Chicago. On November 28, 1927, Adams was traded along with

Pittsburgh Pirates

In 1926, Adams increased his batting average to .309, and stole a career-high 27 bases, second-best in the National League.[1] He also played all 154 games of the season, finished first in at-bats for the second year in a row with 624, and finished first in plate appearances with 700.[1] The 1927 Chicago Cubs season saw Adams being used mainly as a utility infielder, although he started nearly every game. He played 60 games at second base, 53 at third base, and 40 at shortstop.[1] He led the league in at-bats for the third year in a row with 647, and stole 26 bases for the third year in a row.[1]

[3] for the season.fielding average, and assists, putouts As a fielder, he led all second basemen in [1].National League, and 627 at-bats, which led the triples, eight stolen bases As a hitter, he finished the season with 26 [3]

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