October 7, 1921 |
|May 5, 1946, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 2, 1946, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||8.25|
Charles Dwight "Red" Adams (born October 7, 1921) is an American former professional baseball pitcher, scout and pitching coach. The native of Parlier, California, pitched only briefly in Major League Baseball, but had a lengthy career as a scout and coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. A right-hander in his playing days, he stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg). As of 2016, he is the oldest living former Chicago Cubs player.
Adams won 193 games in the minor leagues from 1939–42 and in 1944–58, including a 21-victory season for the 1945 Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. His Major League pitching tenure, however, consisted of only 12 innings over eight games for the Chicago Cubs in 1946. All of his appearances came in relief. His one decision came on Memorial Day, when he allowed a game-winning home run to Ray Mueller of the Cincinnati Reds, which capped a six-run, ninth-inning rally and enabled Cincinnati to defeat Chicago, 7–6, at Wrigley Field, in the second game of the holiday doubleheader Adams allowed 11 earned runs, 18 hits and seven bases on balls in 12 total innings pitched during his MLB career, with eight strikeouts.
After his playing career, he was a scout for the Dodgers from 1959–68. He then worked as the Dodgers' MLB pitching coach from 1969–80, serving on three National League pennant-winning teams (1974; 1977–78) under managers Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda, and helping develop many of the Dodgers' pitchers. Said 324-game-winning pitcher Don Sutton upon his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July 1998: "No person ever meant more to my career than Red Adams. Without him, I would not be standing in Cooperstown today."
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|Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach