It’s fitting that former Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock will get his place on the Miller Park Walk of Fame tonight before the the Brewers host the Pirates. Among the Adcock lore, it was Joe that on May 26, 1959, broke up the longest no hit bid in MLB history, Pittsburgh’s Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning gem with a walk-off double at Milwaukee County Stadium (originally it was a home run but due to a base running snafu by Hank Aaron it only counted as a double).
Before Adcock, the rock steady first baseman, could make is mark as a Milwaukee Brave and become a fan favorite, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds making his major league debut against the Pirates April 23rd, 1950. The Reds lost 5-3, but, Adcock went 2-4 in his collecting a double and a single, and never looked back.
Adcock spent his first three years in the big leagues in the “Queen City” before coming to the “Brew City” for the bulk of his career (1953-1962), helping the Braves go to back to back World Series in ’57 and ’58, winning it all in ’57. He finished out his 17 year career with the Indians and Angels.
Who recorded the first base hit and score the first run in Milwaukee County Stadium? Joe Adcock.
Who on July 31, 1954, belted four home runs with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, setting a single-game record of 18 total bases, which lasted 48 years? Joe Adcock.
Who drove in the only run in a 1-0 Game 5 of the 1957 World Series vs New York Yankees, so the Braves could take a 3-2 series lead in their eventual World Series Championship, to this date the only one for Milwaukee? Joe Adcock.
During his tenure in Milwaukee he batted .285 with 239 HR and 760 RBI in 1207 games and ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1206), home runs, RBI and total bases (2164). Among former Milwaukee Brewers, Adcock will join former Brave teammates on the Walk of Fame, Hank Aaron, Bob Uecker Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn John Quinn (General Manager), Lew Burdette, and Johnny Logan.
The on-field ceremony will be emceed by Brewer’s television announcer Bill Schroeder, and is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. prior to tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Adcock’s grandson, Joseph, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Congratulations #9 you deserve it!
(photos courtesy of: Getty, Ap, JSOnline, Milwaukee Braves Historical Society)