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Jerry Adair

  • Original Name Kenneth
  • Birth 17 Dec 1936 Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 31 May 1987 Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 22867

Major League Baseball Player. He played Major League baseball as a 2nd Baseman for 13 seasons (1958 to 1970) with the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals. His first 9 and a half seasons were with the Orioles, where he became one of the premier fielding American League infielders, and garnered a reputation for being a tough competitor. He set a Major League record for 2nd basemen with 86 games and 458 chances handled without an error (July 22, 1964 to May 6,1965). In 1964, when he was hit in the face with a ball during the first game of a double header, he got his face stitched up and played the entire second game. In 1964 and 1965 he led all AL 2nd basemen in fielding percentage. On June 13, 1966 he was traded to the White Sox with outfielder John Riddle for pitcher Eddie Fisher, a deal that made him miss the Orioles 1966 World Series win over the Dodgers. However, the next year the White Sox traded him to the Red Sox, and he helped his new team to the 1967 World Series. In that Series, which saw the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Red Sox 4 games to 5, he platooned at 2nd base with Mike Andrews, and appeared in 4 of the 7 games. He spent his last two season with the expansion Royals, and played a year in Japan before retiring. His career totals were 1,165 games played, 1,022 hits, 57 home runs and a .294 batting average. He still shares the Major League record for fewest errors by a 2nd baseman in a season (5 in 1964) with Bobby Grich and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 2 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22867
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jerry Adair (17 Dec 1936–31 May 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22867, citing Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery, Sand Springs, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .