Who said the National Baseball Hall of Fame is just for players?
The Hall contains numerous pieces of memorabilia, including hats, bats, gloves, jerseys, and several other items that represent a memory.
For Cleveland Guardians fans, John Adams involved just that: memories.
Memories of going to the ballgame at Cleveland Stadium and then Jacobs Field (renamed to Progressive Field in 2008) and hearing the fiery drums of a fan who supported the team from the 70s until the moment of his death, in January 2023.
Adams was born in Cleveland, he went to school in Cleveland, and he died in Cleveland.
A true franchise legend without picking up a ball, he became so famous that other fanbases recognized and respected him for his loyalty and fandom.
Now, he has a cool place in Cooperstown.
“You made it, John! Officially on display for all to see at the @baseballhall!” the team’s official Twitter account wrote, with a picture of John’s drums in the Hall.
You made it, John! 🥁
Officially on display for all to see at the @baseballhall!
(Photo credit: Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum) pic.twitter.com/dZ4uuZjiAz
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) November 16, 2023
Now, a piece of Adams – one of his most valued ones, his drum – is there to be seen and remembered by fans who go to the Hall.
Adams was born in 1951, three years after the Guardians’ last World Series triumph.
He couldn’t see his beloved team lift the trophy, but he was there cheering on the squad anyway, through thick and thin.
He was there in the 1995, 1997, and 2016 World Series, pumping up fans and letting players know that they had a lifelong fan in him.
He was a true Cleveland man and a franchise legend.