Joe Adcock

(Joseph Wilbur Adcock)

Joe Adcock
Joe Adcock
  • Born: October 30, 1927
  • Died: May 3, 1999
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Athlete

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Joseph Wilbur Adcock was a major league baseball player and manager in the Major and Minor Leagues. He was best known as a first baseman and right-handed slugger with the powerful Milwaukee Braves teams of the 1950s, whose career included numerous home run feats. A sure-handed defensive player, he later retired with the third highest career fielding percentage by a first baseman (.994). His nickname "Billy Joe" was modeled after Vanderbilt University basketball star "Billy Joe Adcock" and was popularized by Vin Scully.

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