Sunday, September 21, 2014

Braves A - Z: Joe Adcock


Joe Adcock was the Braves mainstay at First Base from 1953 to 1962.  After 3 years in Cincinnati he came over from the Reds in a four team trade that also involved the Dodgers and the Phillies.

On July 31, 1954 Joe hit 4 home runs and a double.  His record for total bases (18) in a game stood until 2002.  He ended his career with 336 home runs and still stands at 99th place all-time in that category.

He got the game winning hit during the game in which Harvey Haddix, of the Pirates, pitched 11 perfect innings but lost in the 12th.

Joe was also a very good fielder and led National League first sackers in fielding 4 times.

He played one year with Cleveland and then closed out his career with 3 seasons on the Los Angelas/California Angels.

I received the 1960 card at the bottom of the scan as a Topps Home Team Advantage Giveaway.  You got one card in a plain silver pack for buying a certain amount of Topps products.  It was an incredible surprise to pull a card I needed for my Braves collection.

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