Richard Leroy Adams
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Stockton High School
- School Modesto Junior College
- Debut May 20, 1947
- Final Game September 28, 1947
- Born April 8, 1920 in Tuolumne, CA USA
- Died September 14, 2016 in Fallbrook, CA USA
He was signed by the Cincinnati Reds (along with his brother) and assigned to the Ogden Reds in the Class C Pioneer League in 1939. In 1940, he played with the Tucson Cowboys and Albuquerque Cardinals in the Class D Arizona-Texas League. The next year, 1941, he was with the Fresno Cardinals in the Class C California League. In September, he enlisted in the Air Corps and in February was stationed at Moffett Field, CA. In December 1945, he mustered out of service after having been player-manager of the Santa Ana, CA Army Air Base team. Joe DiMaggio played there until he was sent overseas. Adams hit .330 and drove in 155 runs for the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Class B Western International League in 1946 and, in November, was drafted by the Philadelphia Athletics. On May 20, 1947, he made his major league debut. He remained with the club for the 1947 season, hitting .202/.220/.360 in 37 games. Any further chance to continue big league play was limited as Ferris Fain had also been selected by the A's in the same Rule V Draft and became the starting first baseman. While an A, he primarily wore number 6. He was back in the minor leagues after that until 1953.
Adams was a professional musician and led his own band in the offseason. He lived to be 96, passing away in 2016.