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Joe Adcock

Joseph Wilbur Adcock
Born: Oct. 30, 1927 in Coushatta, La.
Died: May 3, 1999 in Coushatta, La.
Debut: 1950 | Pos: 1B
H: 6’4″ | W: 220 | B: R | T: R


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Joe Adcock, a first baseman who once collected four home runs in a game, died on on May 3, 1999 in Coushatta, La. He was 71.

In his career, Adcock hit .277 with 336 home runs and 1,122 RBI in 17 seasons. He appeared in the 1957 and 1958 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves and hit a combined .250 with 2 RBI in 28 at-bats.

Adcock left his mark on baseball history on July 31, 1954 when he collected four home runs and a double in a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. At the time of his death, only 10 players had accomplished the feat.

One of his most productive seasons came in 1956 with the Braves when he hit .291 with 38 home runs and 103 RBI. In 1960, he was named to the All-Star team and posted 25 home runs and 91 RBI with a .298 average.

On May 26, 1959, Adcock kept Pittsburgh’s Harvey Haddix from enjoying a perfect moment. Haddix had a perfect game through the first 12 innings he had pitched. In the 13th, the Braves picked up two runners and then Adcock homered to deny Haddix a no-hitter.

The score for the game was officially 1-0 because Adcock passed Hank Aaron as he was running the bases.

Adcock was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 1947 season. Adcock had been a star in basketball at LSU, but had chosen baseball over the NBA.

In 1953, he was traded to the Braves as part of a four-team deal. In Nov. 1962, the Braves traded him, along with Jack Curtis, to the Indians for Don Dillard, Frank Funk and Ty Cline (the player to be named later).

The Indians traded Adcock to the Los Angeles Angels in Dec. 1963 and he played with the Angels until he was released in 1966.

Adcock managed the Cleveland Indians in 1967, finishing with a 75-87 record.

Following his baseball career, Adcock raised racing horses.