Earl Adams - 1933 Goudey

Earl John “Sparky” Adams (1894-1989) was an excellent defensive infielder who, oddly enough, replaced George Grantham twice at two different times at two separate positions and played alongside him twice with the Cubs as well as the Reds. At 5’4’ tall, Sparky was the shortest player of his era. Adams played 13 seasons in the National League with the Cubs (1922-1927), Pirates (1928-1929), Cardinals (1930-1933) and Reds (1933-1934). In 1930, he hit .314 and was a member of the Cardinals when all eight of the Redbirds’ regulars hit above the .300-mark; the only time in history that this occurred. He was the starting third baseman in 1931 as the Cards came roaring back after a World Series loss to reach the Fall Classic once again, this time taking the title. Adams had a career year, leading the league in doubles and swatting 178 hits and driving in 40 runs while batting .293 for the season. Adams was traded in 1933 to Cincinnati for Leo Durocher, Dutch Henry and Jack Ogden – future members of the infamous Gashouse Gang. Sparky Adams career ended with a debilitating knee injury. During his 13 seasons, Adams had a .286 career batting average with 1,588 hits including 249 doubles, 844 runs, 154 stolen bases and 394 RBI.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM+ 7.5
3 NM 7 (21)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
01/01/2005 $1,392 8 281 Robert Edward Auctions 2005 Auction Auction 90372666
11/27/2010 $750 8 590 Mile High Card Company November 2010 Auction 90372666
07/06/2017 $881 8 401354599659 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 07092592
09/21/2017 $552 8 50213 Heritage Auctions September 2017 1933 Goudey PSA Auction Auction 90372666
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