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From BR Bullpen
John Bertram Adams
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- Debut August 30, 1910
- Final Game September 28, 1919
- Born June 21, 1891 in Wharton, TX USA
- Died June 24, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA USA
 Biographical Information
The 18 year old Bert Adams started out his professional baseball career in 1909 as a catcher for the class C Texas League San Antonio Bronchos. Records show he appeared in eleven games but no statistics are available, at this time, for his performance.
In 1910 the young man appeared with the class C Southwest Texas League Victoria Rosebuds catching in 94 games and batting at a .219 average. He was called up to the American League Cleveland Naps late in the 1910 season and got into five games, batting .231.
He again spent time with the 1911 Cleveland team, appearing in only two games and spent the majority of this season with the class A Southern Association Memphis Turtles where he appeared in 62 games and managed only a .191 batting average.
Bert spent 1913 in the Southern Association with the New Orleans Pelicans playing in 75 games and hitting for a .240 average. They liked him so well he spent 1914 in the same spot, only this time he hit a robust .292.
On January 4, 1915 along with Al Demaree and Milt Stock Adams was traded to the National League Philadelphia Phillies for Hans Lobert. Bert spent the next five seasons with the Phillies, 1915 through 1919, which gave him a career total of eight years in the major leagues. In those eight seasons he appeared in 267 games, had 678 at bats with 137 hits for a career .202 batting average.
Although a season long member of the 1915 Philadelphia Phillies National League Champions, he was not certified for play in the World Series against the American League Boston Red Sox. The Boston team beat the Phillies, 4 games to 1.
The 1919 season was Bert's last in the major leagues and he spent the next three years in the Pacific Coast League before calling it a career with the Texas League Dallas Steers in 1923. It must be said that those last four minor league seasons led Adams to a better batting average, as he hit at a .235 pace.
 Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1922||Seattle Indians||Pacific Coast League||replaced Walt McCredie|
SABR Minor League Data Base
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition