Cleveland sports icon and drummer, John Adams died at the age of 71. He started his career by playing drums at a game at Municipal Stadium in 1973. He subsequently became an iconic fan drummer whose drum beat became a known sound to all baseball fans in Cleveland.

Adams’ demise puts the baseball world in deep grief and mourning. Many giants have poured their tribute to John on their social media accounts. Cleveland Guardians’ Senior Vice President of Public Affair Bob DiBiasio has called John’s drum beats the “heartbeat” of baseball in Cleveland.

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Who was John Adams?

John Adams played drums for the Cleveland Guardians. He started playing for the team in 1973 with a bass drum bought at a garage sale. Starting with his first game when Cleveland hosted the Texas Rangers, Adams have played for three All-Star Games, 11 Playoff series, and three World Series.

Adams has witnessed some of the best moments of the Guardians, including the game in which Len Barker pitched a perfect game for Cleveland in 1981. His legacy will always be remembered as an important member of Cleveland’s baseball world. Interestingly, there is a plaque mounted on the wall next to his seat and above the top row of the left-field bleachers.

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Adams come from Parma, Ohio and he joined Cleveland on August 24, 1973. His drumming would recreate the sound of pounding chairs which become a known sound for baseball in Cleveland. When asked about playing from the bleachers, he said, ” I’ve found the perfect place and I love it.”

Adams has been struggling with health issues for the past few years. Citing this, he also missed the last two home openers. In 2021, he underwent intensive care and several surgeries, including a triple bypass. Adams left a legacy of more than 3,700 games behind, he will always be remembered as an important member of the Guardians’ team.