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Encyclopedia > Sparky Adams

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


Adams was a dependable leadoff man and good fielding second and third baseman. He was also speedy for his day, usually fininshing in the top ten in stolen bases. Highlights of his career included leading the National League in at bats three times (1925, 1926, and 1927) and in doubles once (1931), scoring 100 runs once (1927), scoring ninety or more runs an additional five times (1925, 1926, 1928, 1930, and 1931), and playing regularly on two pennant winners in St. Louis (1930 and 1931).

 YEAR TEAM AGE G AB R H 2B 3B HR HR% RBI BB SO SB CS AVG SLG OBA OPS 1922 Cubs 27 11 44 5 11 0 1 0 0.00 3 4 3 1 2 .250 .295 .313 .608 1923 Cubs 28 95 311 40 90 12 0 4 1.29 35 26 10 20 19 .289 .367 .346 .713 1924 Cubs 29 117 418 66 117 11 5 1 0.24 27 40 20 15 17 .280 .337 .344 .682 1925 Cubs 30 149 627 95 180 29 8 2 0.32 48 44 15 26 12 .287 .368 .341 .709 1926 Cubs 31 154 624 95 193 35 3 0 0.00 39 52 27 27 0 .309 .375 .367 .742 1927 Cubs 32 146 647 100 189 17 7 0 0.00 49 42 26 26 0 .292 .340 .335 .675 1928 Pirates 33 135 539 91 149 14 6 0 0.00 38 64 18 8 0 .276 .325 .357 .682 1929 Pirates 34 74 196 37 51 8 1 0 0.00 11 15 5 3 0 .260 .311 .316 .627 1930 Cardinals 35 137 570 98 179 36 9 0 0.00 55 45 27 7 0 .314 .409 .365 .774 1931 Cardinals 36 143 608 97 178 46 5 1 0.16 40 42 24 16 0 .293 .390 .340 .730 1932 Cardinals 37 31 127 22 35 3 1 0 0.00 13 14 5 0 0 .276 .315 .352 .667 1933 Cardinals 38 8 30 1 5 1 0 0 0.00 0 1 3 0 0 .167 .200 .219 .419 Reds 38 137 538 59 141 21 1 1 0.19 22 44 30 3 0 .262 .310 .320 .631 TOTALS 145 568 60 146 22 1 1 0.18 22 45 33 3 0 .257 .305 .315 .620 1934 Reds 39 87 278 38 70 16 1 0 0.00 14 20 10 2 0 .252 .317 .307 .623 TOTALS 1424 5557 844 1588 249 48 9 0.16 394 453 223 154 50 .286 .353 .343 .695 LG AVERAGE 5618 796 1638 281 77 80 1.43 731 475 406 83 22 .291 .412 .350 .762 POS AVERAGE 5545 796 1577 262 69 57 1.03 632 460 396 99 21 .284 .387 .342 .729 
 YEAR TEAM RC RCAA RCAP OWP RC/G TB EBH ISO SEC BPA IBB HBP SAC SF GIDP OUTS PA POS 1922 Cubs 4 -3 -3 .265 2.89 13 1 .045 .114 .333 0 0 1 0 0 36 49 2B 1923 Cubs 37 -15 -4 .345 3.79 114 16 .077 .164 .420 0 1 14 0 0 254 352 SS 1924 Cubs 48 -17 -4 .367 3.76 141 17 .057 .148 .392 0 1 14 0 0 332 473 SS 1925 Cubs 81 -17 -24 .413 4.50 231 39 .081 .174 .437 0 7 9 0 0 468 687 2B 1926 Cubs 88 -2 9 .490 5.08 234 38 .066 .192 .467 0 5 19 0 0 450 700 2B 1927 Cubs 75 -15 -18 .415 4.11 220 24 .048 .153 .418 0 0 16 0 0 474 705 2B 1928 Pirates 66 -24 -21 .362 4.18 175 20 .048 .182 .414 0 4 21 0 0 411 628 2B 1929 Pirates 20 -16 -6 .258 3.47 61 9 .051 .143 .377 0 1 5 0 0 150 217 SS 1930 Cardinals 86 -17 -15 .417 5.51 233 45 .095 .186 .464 0 1 15 0 0 406 631 3B 1931 Cardinals 81 -8 7 .457 4.83 237 52 .097 .192 .456 0 2 6 0 0 436 658 3B 1932 Cardinals 15 -3 0 .415 4.24 40 4 .039 .150 .387 0 1 0 0 0 92 142 3B 1933 Cardinals 1 -4 -3 .060 1.00 6 1 .033 .067 .188 0 1 0 0 2 27 32 SS Reds 56 -13 -9 .408 3.58 167 23 .048 .136 .353 0 2 15 0 10 422 599 3B TOTALS 57 -17 -12 .388 3.43 173 24 .048 .132 .344 0 3 15 0 12 449 631 1934 Reds 29 -14 -3 .331 3.71 88 17 .065 .144 .367 0 2 1 0 2 211 301 3B TOTALS 687 -168 -94 .401 4.31 1960 306 .067 .167 .419 0 28 136 0 14 4169 6174 LG AVERAGE 835 0 0 .500 5.24 2313 438 .120 .216 .467 0 30 145 0 21 4169 6268 POS AVERAGE 762 -77 0 .455 4.78 2148 387 .103 .200 .446 0 23 159 0 21 4169 6187 

SPARKY ADAMS LEAGUE LEADERSHIP RANKINGS


1923 NL STOLEN BASES 8TH 20; CAUGHT STEALING T3RD 19


1924 NL CAUGHT STEALING T6TH 17


1925 NL GAMES 9TH 149; AT BATS 1ST 627; SINGLES 5TH 141; STOLEN BASES 3RD 26; CAUGHT STEALING T6TH 12; WORST OPS 4TH .709; WORST RCAP 5TH -24; HIT BY PITCHES T5TH 7; PLATE APPEARANCES 2ND 687; OUTS 1ST 468


1926 NL GAMES T7TH 154; AT BATS 1ST 624; HITS 3RD 193; SINGLES 2ND 155; DOUBLES T4TH 35; STOLEN BASES 2ND 27; HIT BY PITCHES T7TH 5; PLATE APPEARANCES 1ST 700; OUTS 2ND 450


1927 NL AT BATS 1ST 647; RUNS 9TH 100; HITS T7TH 189; SINGLES 3RD 165; STOLEN BASES 4TH 26; WORST OPS 6TH .675; WORST RCAP 8TH -18; PLATE APPEARANCES 2ND 705; OUTS 1ST 474


1928 NL SINGLES 10TH 129; WORST OPS 8TH .682; WORST RCAA T7TH -24; WORST RCAP T5TH -21; HIT BY PITCHES T10TH 4


1931 NL AT BATS 9TH 608; RUNS 6TH 97; DOUBLES 1ST 46; STOLEN BASES T3RD 16; WORST OPS 9TH .730; PLATE APPEARANCES 8TH 658; OUTS 5TH 436


1933 NL WORST OPS 6TH .620; WORST RCAA T10TH -17; SACRIFICES T10TH 15; OUTS 9TH 449


 
 

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