Herb Adams

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Herbert Loren Adams

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Left-handed hitting outfielder Herb Adams spent parts of three years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox.

After being signed by the Sox, Adams spent 1947, his first pro season, with the Class D Madisonville Miners. He appeared in 54 games and hit .405 (85-for-210). He also pitched some that year, going 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA. He hit .261 in 95 games for Chicago from 1948 to 1950, including a .293 average in 56 games in 1949]]. Adams did not drive in a run in his first 125 plate appearances in 1950, a major league record for 62 years until Nyjer Morgan broke it. Adams primarily wore number 24 with the Sox. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Adams continued his career in the minors for several years. His playing days ended after he suffered a broken leg in 1959. Overall in the minor leagues, he appeared in 1,078 games and had 1,311 hits for an excellent .313 batting average.

Herb was not the only one of his family to show talent. He was born in Hollywood, California and was the son of an actress who had bit parts in silent films. His aunt, actress Anne Shirley, was featured in films during the 1930s and 1940s and earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in Stella Dallas.

Following his playing days, Adams resided in Wheaton, Illinois, where he was employed by the post office for 30 years. He died in 2012 at age 83.


Baseball Players of the 1950s
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