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Sparky Adams

Earl J. Adams

Positions: Second Baseman, Third Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 5", Weight: 151 lb.

Born: August 26, 1894 in Zerbe, PA
High School: Tremont HS (Tremont, PA) (All Transactions)
Debut: September 18, 1922 (Age 28.023, 5,198th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1923 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Cardinals/Reds/Pirates 1922-1934

Last Game: September 30, 1934 (Age 40.035)
Died: February 24, 1989 in Pottsville, PA
Buried: Reformed Cemetery, Tremont, PA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 21, 2014 5:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #984. George Cutshaw… #985. Phil Bradley… #986. Don Blasingame… #987. SPARKY ADAMS… #988. Lee Mazzilli… #989. Johnny Bates… #990. Eddie Bressoud… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1922 27 CHC NL 11 49 44 5 11 0 1 0 3 1 2 4 3 .250 .313 .295 .608 57 13 0 1 4
1923 28 CHC NL 95 352 311 40 90 12 0 4 35 20 19 26 10 .289 .346 .367 .713 88 114 1 14 6/O9
1924 29 CHC NL 117 473 418 66 117 11 5 1 27 15 17 40 20 .280 .344 .337 .682 82 141 1 14 64
1925 30 CHC NL 149 687 627 95 180 29 8 2 48 26 12 44 15 .287 .341 .368 .709 80 231 7 9 *4/6
1926 31 CHC NL 154 701 624 95 193 35 3 0 39 27 52 27 .309 .367 .375 .742 99 234 5 19 *45/6
1927 32 CHC NL 146 705 647 100 189 17 7 0 49 26 42 26 .292 .335 .340 .675 80 220 0 16 456
1928 33 PIT NL 135 628 539 91 149 14 6 0 38 8 64 18 .276 .357 .325 .682 76 175 4 21 *46/O9
1929 34 PIT NL 74 218 196 37 51 8 1 0 11 3 15 5 .260 .316 .311 .627 54 61 1 5 645/7O
1930 35 STL NL 137 629 570 98 179 36 9 0 55 7 45 27 .314 .365 .409 .774 83 233 1 15 *54/6
1931 36 STL NL 143 658 608 97 178 46 5 1 40 16 42 24 .293 .340 .390 .730 92 237 2 6 *5/6 MVP-9
1932 37 STL NL 31 142 127 22 35 3 1 0 13 0 14 5 .276 .352 .315 .667 78 40 1 0 5
1933 38 TOT NL 145 632 568 60 146 22 1 1 22 3 45 33 .257 .315 .305 .620 79 173 12 3 15 *56
1933 38 STL NL 8 32 30 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .167 .219 .200 .419 17 6 2 1 0 /65
1933 38 CIN NL 137 600 538 59 141 21 1 1 22 3 44 30 .262 .320 .310 .631 83 167 10 2 15 *5/6
1934 39 CIN NL 87 301 278 38 70 16 1 0 14 2 20 10 .252 .307 .317 .623 70 88 2 2 1 54
13 Yrs 1424 6175 5557 844 1588 249 48 9 394 154 50 453 223 .286 .343 .353 .695 82 1960 14 28 136
162 Game Avg. 162 702 632 96 181 28 5 1 45 18 52 25 .286 .343 .353 .695 82 223 3 15
CHC (6 yrs) 672 2967 2671 401 780 104 24 7 201 115 50 208 101 .292 .346 .357 .703 85 953 14 73
STL (4 yrs) 319 1461 1335 218 397 86 15 1 108 23 102 59 .297 .350 .387 .736 85 516 2 5 21
PIT (2 yrs) 209 846 735 128 200 22 7 0 49 11 79 23 .272 .347 .321 .668 70 236 5 26
CIN (2 yrs) 224 901 816 97 211 37 2 1 36 5 64 40 .259 .316 .313 .628 78 255 12 4 16

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1922 27 CHC NL 11 49 -3 -1 0 0 0 -3 -0.3 1 -2 -0.2 .473 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 4
1923 28 CHC NL 95 352 -4 -3 0 3 5 1 0.1 11 12 1.1 .501 .500 0.8 0.8 9 6/O9
1924 29 CHC NL 117 473 -9 -3 0 6 7 1 0.0 15 16 1.5 .501 .501 1.0 1.2 10 64
1925 30 CHC NL 149 687 -17 1 0 19 5 8 0.7 20 28 2.7 .506 .505 1.0 2.3 9 *4/6
1926 31 CHC NL 154 701 2 1 0 15 5 23 2.3 20 43 4.4 .515 .515 2.8 2.1 28 *45/6
1927 32 CHC NL 146 705 -17 1 0 12 6 2 0.2 19 22 2.2 .502 .502 1.0 1.9 10 456
1928 33 PIT NL 135 628 -15 -1 0 3 5 -8 -0.9 18 10 1.0 .494 .495 0.8 0.8 7 *46/O9
1929 34 PIT NL 74 218 -14 -0 0 0 3 -11 -1.0 7 -4 -0.4 .486 .494 -0.3 0.3 -4 645/7O
1930 35 STL NL 137 629 -14 -1 0 -2 4 -12 -1.1 19 6 0.7 .492 .493 1.0 0.2 8 *54/6
1931 36 STL NL 143 658 -6 -0 0 -5 4 -7 -0.9 19 12 1.1 .495 .495 1.7 -0.2 17 *5/6 MVP-9
1932 37 STL NL 31 142 -3 0 0 -2 1 -4 -0.4 4 -0 -0.0 .486 .497 0.2 -0.1 2 5
1933 38 STL NL 8 32 -3 0 0 1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -1 -0.1 .476 .499 -0.2 0.2 -2 /65
1933 38 CIN NL 137 600 -10 -0 0 5 3 -2 -0.3 18 16 1.7 .499 .499 1.2 0.9 11 *5/6
1934 39 CIN NL 87 301 -10 -0 0 -1 2 -9 -1.0 9 -0 0.0 .489 .494 0.1 0.1 1 54
13 Seasons 1424 6175 -122 -5 0 54 51 -22 -2.8 181 159 15.9 .499 .500 10.9 10.3 105
CHC (6 yrs) 672 2967 -48 -3 0 55 29 33 3.0 87 119 11.8 .505 .505 6.5 8.3 64
STL (4 yrs) 319 1461 -25 -1 0 -8 9 -25 -2.6 43 17 1.8 .492 .495 2.8 0.0 25
PIT (2 yrs) 209 846 -29 -1 0 3 8 -19 -1.9 25 6 0.6 .491 .495 0.4 1.1 3
CIN (2 yrs) 224 901 -20 -0 0 4 5 -11 -1.2 27 16 1.7 .495 .497 1.2 1.0 12

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1930 35 STL NL WS PHA L 6 22 21 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 .143 .143 .143 .286 3 0 0 0
1931 ❍ 36 STL NL WS PHA W 2 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500 1 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 8 26 25 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 .160 .160 .160 .320 4 0 0 0
2 WS 8 26 25 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 .160 .160 .160 .320 4 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1922 CHC NL 27 2B 11 11 11 58 18 35 5 5 .914 4.82 .961 5.76
1923 CHC NL 28 SS 79 74 73 429 153 248 28 44 .935 5.08 .939 5.80
1923 CHC NL 28 OF 1 1 1 4 3 1 0 1 1.000 4.00 .965 2.40
1923 CHC NL 28 RF 1 1 1 4 3 1 0 1 1.000 4.00 .958 2.20
1924 CHC NL 29 SS 88 82 79 474 169 277 28 62 .941 5.07 .949 5.76
1924 CHC NL 29 2B 19 19 19 124 55 66 3 15 .976 6.37 .961 5.98
1925 CHC NL 30 2B 144 144 142 921 354 551 16 90 .983 6.28 .967 5.85
1925 CHC NL 30 SS 5 5 5 35 13 22 0 5 1.000 7.00 .942 5.72
1926 CHC NL 31 2B 136 132 127 838 324 485 29 93 .965 5.95 .965 5.78
1926 CHC NL 31 3B 19 19 16 49 12 35 2 4 .959 2.47 .953 2.99
1926 CHC NL 31 SS 2 1 1 5 2 3 0 0 1.000 2.50 .948 5.85
1927 CHC NL 32 2B 60 55 52 345 149 194 2 34 .994 5.72 .966 5.93
1927 CHC NL 32 3B 53 52 45 158 45 107 6 12 .962 2.87 .945 2.96
1927 CHC NL 32 SS 40 39 39 234 82 142 10 23 .957 5.60 .944 5.50
1928 PIT NL 33 2B 107 105 103 626 265 343 18 54 .971 5.68 .970 5.93
1928 PIT NL 33 SS 27 27 27 150 52 97 1 14 .993 5.52 .950 5.61
1928 PIT NL 33 OF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.50
1928 PIT NL 33 RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.30
1929 PIT NL 34 SS 30 19 15 101 33 58 10 8 .901 3.03 .950 5.61
1929 PIT NL 34 2B 20 16 13 86 33 48 5 5 .942 4.05 .968 5.82
1929 PIT NL 34 3B 15 11 8 33 7 24 2 1 .939 2.07 .953 2.88
1929 PIT NL 34 LF 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.10
1929 PIT NL 34 OF 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .975 2.45
1930 STL NL 35 3B 104 104 96 233 66 159 8 18 .966 2.16 .950 2.85
1930 STL NL 35 2B 25 24 24 151 62 85 4 25 .974 5.88 .963 5.94
1930 STL NL 35 SS 7 5 5 36 12 20 4 3 .889 4.57 .952 5.79
1931 STL NL 36 3B 138 136 127 354 118 223 13 29 .963 2.47 .944 2.85 MVP-9
1931 STL NL 36 SS 6 6 5 30 9 16 5 1 .833 4.17 .954 5.53 MVP-9
1932 STL NL 37 3B 30 30 29 72 25 42 5 11 .931 2.23 .945 2.88
1933 TOT NL 38 3B 135 131 125 416 121 278 17 16 .959 2.96 .949 3.00
1933 TOT NL 38 SS 13 11 10 45 11 33 1 3 .978 3.38 .949 5.40
1933 STL NL 38 SS 5 5 5 22 5 16 1 2 .955 4.20 .949 5.40
1933 STL NL 38 3B 3 3 3 8 0 6 2 1 .750 2.00 .949 3.00
1933 CIN NL 38 3B 132 128 122 408 121 272 15 15 .963 2.98 .949 3.00
1933 CIN NL 38 SS 8 6 5 23 6 17 0 1 1.000 2.88 .949 5.40
1934 CIN NL 39 3B 38 37 37 111 31 75 5 10 .955 2.79 .945 2.96
1934 CIN NL 39 2B 29 24 23 145 61 81 3 11 .979 4.90 .965 5.88
9 Seasons 2B 551 530 514 3294 1321 1888 85 332 .974 5.82 .966 5.86
8 Seasons 3B 532 520 483 1426 425 943 58 101 .959 2.57 .947 2.91
10 Seasons SS 297 269 259 1539 536 916 87 163 .943 4.89 .946 5.69
3 Seasons OF 4 1 1 6 5 1 0 1 1.000 1.50 .968 2.45
2 Seasons RF 2 1 1 4 3 1 0 1 1.000 2.00 .958 2.25
1 Season LF 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.00 .970 2.10
13 Seasons TOT 1384 1320 1257 6265 2287 3748 230 597 .963 4.36 .957 4.68
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1958 BBWAA ( 0.4%)
1960 BBWAA ( 0.4%)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1931 NL (9, 22%)
0.22 Career Shares (727th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1926 NL  4.4 (8th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1924 NL  1.2 (7th)
1925 NL  2.3 (2nd)
1926 NL  2.1 (5th)
1927 NL  1.9 (3rd)
1933 NL  1.0 (8th)
Career  10.3 (200th)

Games Played s c a p y
1925 NL  149 (9th)
1926 NL  154 (7th)

At Bats s c a p y
1925 NL  627 (1st)
1926 NL  624 (1st)
1927 NL  647 (1st)
1931 NL  608 (9th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1925 NL  687 (2nd)
1926 NL  701 (1st)
1927 NL  705 (2nd)
1931 NL  658 (8th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1927 NL  100 (9th)
1931 NL  97 (6th)

Hits s c a p y
1926 NL  193 (3rd)
1927 NL  189 (7th)

Doubles s c a p y
1926 NL  35 (4th)
1931 NL  46 (1st)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1923 NL  20 (8th)
1925 NL  26 (3rd)
1926 NL  27 (2nd)
1927 NL  26 (4th)
1931 NL  16 (3rd)

Singles s c a p y
1925 NL  141 (5th)
1926 NL  155 (2nd)
1927 NL  165 (3rd)
1928 NL  129 (10th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1926 NL  250 (2nd)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1925 NL  7 (5th)
1926 NL  5 (7th)
1928 NL  4 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1933 NL  15 (10th)
Career  136 (216th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1923 NL  19 (3rd)
1924 NL  17 (6th)
1925 NL  12 (6th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1925 NL  41.8 (3rd)
1928 NL  29.9 (10th)
1931 NL  25.3 (10th)
Career  24.9 (56th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1925 NL  468 (1st)
1926 NL  450 (2nd)
1927 NL  474 (1st)
1931 NL  436 (5th)
1933 NL  449 (9th)

Assistss c a p y
1925 NL  573 (1st)
1926 NL  523 (3rd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1925 NL  144 (1st)
1926 NL  136 (3rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1925 NL  354 (1st)
1926 NL  324 (3rd)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1925 NL  551 (1st)
1926 NL  485 (3rd)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1926 NL  29 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1925 NL  90 (3rd)
1926 NL  93 (2nd)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1931 NL  138 (4th)
1933 NL  135 (4th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1931 NL  118 (5th)
1933 NL  121 (4th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1931 NL  223 (4th)
1933 NL  278 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1931 NL  13 (5th)
1933 NL  17 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1931 NL  29 (1st)
1933 NL  16 (4th)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1924 NL  28 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1924 NL  62 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1925 NL  6.28 (1st)
1926 NL  5.95 (3rd)
1928 NL  5.68 (5th)
Career  5.82 (20th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1925 NL  .983 (1st)
1926 NL  .965 (4th)
1928 NL  .971 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1933 NL  2.96 (4th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1930 NL  .966 (1st)
1931 NL  .963 (1st)
1933 NL  .959 (4th)
Career  .959 (65th)

Oldest s c a p y
1933 NL  born 1894-08-26 (10th)
1934 NL  born 1894-08-26 (5th)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 5 (390), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 32 (763), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 17 (928), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 19 (799), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (131st), 15.9 career WAR/14.7 7yr-peak WAR/15.3 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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