The Obit For Ricky Adams

Former Angel Ricky Adams dies of cancer

Marcia C. Smith
October 28th, 2011

Ricky Adams, a member of the Angels’ 1982 Western Division Championship club, passed away earlier today in Rancho Cucamonga, CA following a lengthy bout with cancer. He was 52 years old.

Adams, of Alta Loma, was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in January. His battle with cancer was the subject of a column in the Register earlier this season. (Read it here.)

A native of Upland, California, Adams was the first-round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 1977. He would go on to sign with the Angels on May 2, 1980 and make his Major League debut two years later on September 15, 1982. Adams played 66 games as a utility infielder during the 1982 and 1983 campaigns. He spent two seasons with San Francisco before returning to the Angels farm system for his final professional season in 1987.

“The Angels organization and their alumni are deeply saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing,” said Tim Mead, Angels Vice-President of Communications “There is always a special bond with any member of the Angels family. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Tammy and other members of Rick’s family, and want them to know that he will always have a special place in the hearts and memories of the Angels and their fans.”

Adams had hoped to be able to return this past 50th anniversary season to throw out the ceremonial first pitch but health issues left him too weak. The Angels were able to deliver to Adams the Angels Alumni red jacket with his number last week. The jacket was like the ones worn by all the Angels Alumni first pitchers when they took the mound.

Adams is survived by his wife, Tammy and their four children, Ashley, Joshua, Adam and Garrett.

Friends of the Adam’s Family established the Ricky Lee Adams Foundation to assist Ricky in continuing his mission of having a positive impact on today’s youth by helping them develop confidence playing the game of baseball.