Joe Adcock Inducted Into Miller Park “Walk of Fame”
The Milwaukee Brewers honored former Milwaukee Braves first basemen, the late Joe Adcock, with an induction into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this afternoon.
After his family visited his spot on the Walk of Fame, Joe’s son, Jay, spoke to the media at a special press conference. There, Jay relayed the story of how his father and mother met, when Joe was injured and Joan was his nurse, as well as a funny anecdote about his mother’s first time coming to a game to watch his father play.
Following the press conference, there was an on-field ceremony, emceed by Bill Schroeder.
Afterwards, Adcock’s grandson, Joseph, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Adcock received 23 of 34 votes (67.61%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election. Adcock fell one vote shy of election in 2015.
Adcock spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 10 with the Braves. His tenure in Milwaukee spanned from 1953 to 1962, as he batted .285 with 239 HR and 760 RBI in 1207 games. Adcock notched a number of memorable feats while playing for the Braves. On April 14, 1953, he recorded the first base hit and scored the first run in County Stadium history. The following year, on July 31, 1954, he 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.
Adcock was also a member of the Braves 1957 World Championship team. He drove in the lone run in a 1-0 Game 5 World Series win vs. the New York Yankees. The Braves went on to defeat the Yankees, four games to three. On May 26, 1959, Adcock broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium. Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1206), home runs, RBI and total bases (2164).
Past inductees to the Walk of Fame include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); Lew Burdette in 2010, Johnny Logan in 2013 and Teddy Higuera in 2015.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park. The Adcock plaque, which will be located on the outdoor plaza terrace along the left field side of the ballpark, will be available for photo opportunities as well.