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33. Joe Adcock

33. Joe Adcock
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 30, 1927 in Coushatta, LA USA
  • Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 23, 1950
  • Final Game: October 01, 1966
  • MVP - 1954
  • MVP - 1956
  • MVP - 1958
  • MVP - 1960
 
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We return to the potent Milwaukee Braves team of the 1950’s where we have Joe Adcock, a slugger who went yard for the franchise 239 times including a 38 dinger season in 1956. 

Adcock arrived to Milwaukee in a complex four team trade which he benefitted from as the was not playing at his natural First Base position as Cincinnati had Ted Kluszewski.  Adcock’s power always seemed to come at unique times.  He had a four Home Run game in 1954 and it was Adcock who hit a Home Run (which he didn’t get credit for due Hank Aaron’s baserunning error, but there was a runner ahead who scored) to end Harvey Haddix’ legendary game where he pitched 12 perfect innings.  Adcock would thrice finish the season with MVP votes and he had 1,206 Hits with a .285 Batting Average.  He was also instrumental in the 1957 World Series Championship.  It is also worth noting that Adcock didn’t want to play at First Base because he preferred it, he was also really good at it.  He would finish first in Range Factor per Game and Fielding Percentage three and four times respectively as a Brave among all National League First Basemen.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base
  • Acquired: Traded as part of a four team trade from the Cincinnati Reds. The Milwaukee Braves sent Cash to Cincinnati. Milwaukee sent Earl Torgeson to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Brooklyn Dodgers sent Jim Pendleton to Milwaukee. Brooklyn sent Rocky Bridges to Cincinnati. Philadelphia sent Cash to Milwaukee. Philadelphia sent Russ Meyer to Brooklyn. 2/16/53.
  • Departed: Traded to the Cleveland Indians with Jack Curtis for Don Dillard, Frank Funk and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Ty Cline) 11/27/62.
  • Games Played: 1207
  • Notable Statistics: 544 Runs Scored
    1,206 Hits
    197 Doubles
    22 Triples
    239 Home Runs
    760 RBI
    11 Stolen Bases
    .285/.343/.511 Slash Line
    26.5 bWAR

    9 Playoff Games
    2 Runs Scored
    7 Hits
    0 Doubles
    0 Triples
    0 Home Runs
    2 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .250/.276/.250 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1957)
    All-Star (1960)
    Most Putouts (1960 & 1961)
    Most Putouts by a First Baseman (1960 & 1961)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a First Baseman (1959)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a First Baseman (1959, 1960 & 1961)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a First Baseman (1959, 1960, 1961 & 1962)