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Joe Adcock, former ballplayer, 71



http://cnnsi.com/baseball/mlb/news/1999/05/03/adcock_obit/index.html

Joe Adcock dies at 71

Posted: Monday May 03, 1999 12:28 PM


NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Adcock, who hit 336 home runs during his career and
broke up baseball's longest no-hitter, died today. He was 71.

Adcock had Alzheimer's disease and died at his home in Coushatta, La., at
3:15 a.m., said his daughter, Jan Adams.

The first baseman came to the majors in 1950 with Cincinnati and was traded
to the Milwaukee Braves in 1953, the team's first year in that city. He
played on the Braves' World Series championship team in 1957 and National
League pennant winner in 1958.

A teammate of Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn, Adcock's best
season was 1956 when he hit 38 home runs and batted .291.

On July 31, 1954, he had the most productive game in history, hitting four
homers and a double for a record 18 total bases as the Braves beat the
Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. At the time, Adcock was the fifth player
in the modern era to homer four times in a game. Five players have done so
since.

Adcock was perhaps best known for turning a perfect game into a loss for
Pittsburgh's Harvey Haddix on May 26, 1959, at Milwaukee.

Haddix retired the first 36 batters he faced -- 12 perfect innings. In the
13th, the Braves' Felix Mantilla reached on an error and moved to second on
a sacrifice by Mathews. After Aaron was walked intentionally, Adcock homered
to end the no-hitter and win the game.

The score was listed as 1-0 because Adcock inadvertently passed Aaron on the
base paths.

Adcock recalled the game when Haddix died in January 1994.

"He knew what he had in mind when he let the ball loose," Adcock said. "The
wind had been blowing in all night and maybe it was a freak because when I
came to bat, the flag in center field was still. I was thinking he'd been
keeping the ball away from me all night and maybe he'd do it again and he
did and I hit it."

In 1963, Adcock moved to the Cleveland Indians and finished his playing
career with three seasons with the California Angels. He posted a .277
lifetime batting average.

Adcock managed the Indians in 1967, finishing eighth in the American League
with a 75-87 record.

Adcock was born on Oct. 30, 1927. A short stint on a basketball scholarship
to Louisiana State ended when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.

During his offseasons, Adcock started breeding thoroughbreds and developed
Red River Farms, which he continued running after his retirement.

"He bred thoroughbred race horses and enjoyed his grandchildren," Adams said
of her father's life after baseball.

In addition to Adams, Adcock is survived by his wife, Joan; son Jay Adcock,
who runs the horse business his father founded; daughters Jill Kennedy and
Jeannie Worsham; sister Mary Ann Brown; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were pending.


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