Bobby Adams

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Robert Henry Adams

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bobby Adams played in 1281 major league games for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs in 14 seasons. Used mostly as a utility player, his best two ML seasons, however, were in 1952 & 1953 when he was a regular for the Reds.

He was the brother of Dick Adams and father of Mike Adams.

He was signed by the Cincinnati Reds and assigned to the Ogden Reds of the Class C Pioneer League the same time as his brother Dick in 1939. He played for Ogden in 1939 and 1940 and for the Columbia Reds in the Class B South Atlantic League in 1941. In 1942 he played for the Syracuse Chiefs in the Class AA International League.

At the end of the season he went into the service and was stationed with his brother at the Santa Ana Army Air Force Base. Adams played baseball there until 1944 when he was sent to the Pacific theater with the other professional ball players. He was discharged in November 1945.

In 1946 he reported to the Reds and stayed with them until the 1955 season when he went to the White Sox.

After his playing career ended, Adams served as a Chicago Cubs coach from 1961 to 1965 and again in 1973, and as president of the Tacoma Cubs of the Pacific Coast League.

In 1961 Adams split his time as manager of the Wenatchee Chiefs (Northwest League) and San Antonio Missions (Texas League), in addition to coaching in the majors. This was when the Cubs were going through their College of Coaches experiment, which entailed rotating their managers and coaches not only at the major league level, but also among their minor league affiliates. In 1962 he was the manager of the Cubs' affiliate franchise in the Arizona Instructional League.

He primarily wore number 12.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1961 San Antonio Missions Texas League 15-17 -- -- Replaced Harry Craft (13-6) on May 31
replaced by Verlon Walker (32-27) on July 3
1961 Wenatchee Chiefs Northwest League 5th Replaced Dick Cole
1962 Palatka Cubs Florida State League -- -- Replaced Hal Jeffcoat, replaced by Ripper Collins

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL At-Bats Leader (1952)

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