Doc Adkins baseball card
August 5, 1872|
|Died: February 21, 1934
Durham, North Carolina
|June 24, 1902, for the Boston Americans|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1903, for the New York Highlanders|
|Earned run average||5.00|
Merle Theron Adkins (August 5, 1872 – February 21, 1934) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Americans (1902) and New York Highlanders (1903). Adkins batted and threw right-handed.
Major league career
Adkins made his debut with the Boston Americans on June 24, 1902 during a 6-7 loss to the Washington Senators. He made four appearances (two starts) with Boston, posting a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 4.05, walking seven and striking out three in 20 innings pitched.
Adkins spent the 1903 season with the New York Highlanders, pitching in two games, one of which was a start. In seven innings of work, he let up eight runs, six of which were earned, on 10 hits and five walks with a 7.71 ERA. His final major League appearance came September 29, 1903 – the last day of the season – in a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.
After his stint with the Highlanders, Adkins spent eight seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, winning 132 games in that time. He retired after one season with the Scranton Miners in 1914. Around the same time, he also coached baseball at Trinity College in Connecticut.
Adkins attended medical school during his playing career, and he spent his later life as a physician in Durham, North Carolina. He was also active as a youth baseball umpire, Rotarian, Shriner, and church deacon. Adkins also scouted players, notably discovering Ernie Shore and calling him to the attention of Jack Dunn, then the owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
Adkins died in Durham at age of 63. He is buried at Maplewood Cemetery.
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