(Cleveland) – He doesn’t wear a uniform, but his name is forever linked to the Cleveland Indians.
John Adams has been beating his drum at Indians games for 40 years. His 3,211 games at Municipal Stadium and Progressive Field began August 24, 1973.
Adams will be honored with a home plate ceremony at Saturday’s game for reaching 40 years of keeping the beat.
The Indians have recognized Adams before, including his own bobblehead doll in 2006, and in ceremonies for his 30th anniversary in 2003 and his 3,000th game in 2011.
The bass drum that Adams uses today is the same one he brought to the stadium in 1973. Adams is a drummer, but didn't want to use his good bass. So he bought a full drum kit for $25 and used that bass drum.
The drum been repaired numerous times, but the skin on the bottom (that does not get struck) is original!
(John Adams throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the American League Divisional Series at Jacobs Field on October 4, 2007. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Adams was in-studio with Wills and Snyder Friday and talked about his love of the Tribe.
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