10/28/2011 5:58 PM ET
Former Angel Ricky Adams passes away at age 52
ANAHEIM, CA - 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.
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 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. To learn more about the foundation, visit