Willie Adams (1910s pitcher)

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Willie Adams
Born: (1890-09-27)September 27, 1890
Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Died: June 18, 1937(1937-06-18) (aged 46)
Albany, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 30, 1912, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 6, 1919, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 8–16
Earned run average 4.37
Strikeouts 74

James Irvin Adams (September 27, 1890 – June 18, 1937) was a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns, Pittsburgh Rebels, and Philadelphia Athletics. He attended Albright College prior to his playing career.

He led the American League in earned runs allowed (83) and hit batters (12) in 1918.

In 5 years he had an 8–16 win-loss record, 65 games, 21 games started, 8 complete games, 30 games finished, 2 saves, 284 ⅓ innings pitched, 303 hits allowed, 172 runs allowed, 138 earned runs allowed, 8 home runs allowed, 144 walks allowed, 74 strikeouts, 19 hit batsmen, 8 wild pitches, 1,238 batters faced and a 4.37 ERA.

While an active player in the minor leagues in 1922, Adams suffered a heart attack, which ended his baseball career.[1]

He died in Albany, New York, at the age of 46.


  1. ^ McKenna, Brian. Early exits: the premature endings of baseball careers, Rowman & Littlefield, 2007, p. 187. ISBN 0-8108-5858-4

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