Cleveland Fans Mourn Baseball Drummer John Adams’ Death at 71
Cleveland baseball superfan John Adams passed away at the age of 71. The Guardians announced the heartbreaking news of Asams’ death on Monday, January 30, 2023.
“For nearly five decades the beat of John’s drum was the heartbeat of baseball here in Cleveland,” Guardians senior vice president of public affairs Bob DiBiasio said.
“We are all saddened by John’s passing. His dedication, commitment, and passion for our franchise, at both Cleveland Stadium and Progressive Field, was unmatched. John will forever remain a member of our team.”
Adams had been drumming during games for nearly fifty years, dating back to Cleveland Municipal Stadium. John made his debut with his drum on Aug. 24, 1973.
At Progressive Field, he was perched at the top of the bleachers in left field. Last year, the team honored him with a bronze replica of his drum to be shown at Heritage Park. A bronzed drum and Hohn’s bleacher seat were moved to Heritage Park in his honor.
He played his iconic drum with Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. The drummer had been mostly absent from the ballpark for the last few years due to health issues.
When John was unable to attend the home opener in 2021, talented drummer Patrick Carney of Akron’s rock duo The Black Keys filled in.
Carney was thrilled to be able to sit in for John Adams. “I’m stoked to be here for John,” Carney told The Associated Press before Cleveland hosted Kansas City that day. “It’s the best seat in the house.”
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Guardians Fan John Adams Passed Away at 71
The Cleveland Guardians have confirmed that beloved drummer and baseball super-fan John Adams passed away. May he rest in peace.
Adams was a 1969 Parma High School graduate who started drumming for the first time at Cleveland Municipal Stadium games on August 24, 1973, when the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 11-5, according to the team.
John’s drum beat from the bleachers recreated the sound of pounding chairs that had become part of the Cleveland experience, according to the team’s touching tribute video. When asked about those bleachers, Adams said, “I’ve found the perfect place and I love it.”
In his time, John drummed at three All-Star Games, three World Series, 11 Playoff Series, and Len Barker’s Perfect Game, according to the release.
But he missed the last two home openers due to continuing health issues. In 2021, the drummer announced he had undergone intensive care and several surgeries, including a triple bypass.
At the time, Adams thanked Cleveland baseball fans for their support and encouraged them to root for the home team. “When you show up, cheer that Tribe on. I’ll be yelling and screaming at home,” He said.
This year, he celebrated his 50th season as a Guardians fan. John went to more than 3,700 games in his lifetime.
Paying tribute to the legendary drummer, McNeil tweeted: “John Adams was always so kind to me and my kids when we would make that trek up the bleacher stairs. This is with my youngest 10 years ago. RIP to the legendary John Adams 🥁.”
“John Adams is a Cleveland legend. The last time we ever spoke, I said I had an idea for a shot. We did it in one take. He turned around and said, “How was that?” “Perfect.” I said. He walked out into the bleachers to bang the hell out of that damn drum. This is that moment,” one Twitter user wrote.
“One of my fondest memories of going to the old stadium with my Dad was always trying to find John Adams and his drum. I then shared the same experience with my daughters at the new @CleGuardians stadium, telling them about John and trying to find him in the bleachers,” Master Pizza tweeted.
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