Earl J. Adams
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 5½", Weight 151 lb.
- Debut September 18, 1922
- Final Game September 30, 1934
- Born August 26, 1894 in Zerbe, PA USA
- Died February 24, 1989 in Pottsville, PA USA
Infielder Sparky Adams played thirteen seasons in the majors and was best known for his defense and speed.
Adams made his big league debut with the Chicago Cubs in September 1922 and split time at shortstop with Charlie Hollocher the next two seasons. He became the team's regular second baseman in 1925 after George Grantham was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Three years later, Adams was traded to the Pirates, where he once again replaced Grantham at second. Following the 1929 season, his contract was sold to the St. Louis Cardinals, who won National League pennants in his first two seasons there. He suffered a knee injury in 1932 that led to his retirement in 1934 after a season and a half with the Cincinnati Reds.
During his career, Adams scored more than 90 runs six times and stole more than 20 bases on four occasions. However, perhaps due to his small stature, he had little power, hitting just 9 homers in his career and going five consecutive seasons with none. Defensively, he led the NL in fielding three times, once at second base and twice at third.
After his major league career ended in 1934, he played one more year in the minor leagues and then returned to his home area, where he owned and operated a service station in Schuylkill County, PA, until his retirement.
- 3-time NL At Bats Leader (1925-1927)
- NL Doubles Leader (1931)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1927)
- Won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1931