The best-known musicians from ballparks were those who played between the 1930s and 1957 at Ebbets Field, for the Brooklyn Dodgers — a band called “the Sym-Phony” (emphasis added on the “phony”The ), which is a small group of amateur trumpet players, drummers, trombonists, and washboard players.

John Joseph Adams was born Oct. 9, 1951. in Cleveland John Eva Friedman Adams, and Eva Adams.

He was at his first Indians match in He began drumming at the age of 9 in 1954. He performed in high school in The marching band and orchestra, and he led cheers. He graduated from Cleveland State University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Adams, on August 24, 1973, asked the Indians permission for his drum and to be brought to Municipal Stadium. He was not allowed to drum in the way of anyone else, which is odd.

“The first time, I got a lot of stares and a few comments like ‘You’re not going to play that thing, are you?’” He told The Beacon Journal that a drunken fan at that game grabbed him by the arm, and that he said that: “You gonna bang on that drum? Well, then start hitting it.”

He did.

“Suddenly, I saw people clapping to the beat,” He remembered. “When the game was over, people stopped me outside the stadium. They told me I had the opposing pitcher so rattled that guys from the other team were looking all over for me.” That day, the Texas Rangers were defeated 11-5 by the Indians.

Mr. Adams continued to bang his drum — through many a losing season at The old Municipal Stadium in Better times are ahead at Progressive Field — while working at AT&T in Many positions were held, from systems analyst to quality manager for forty years up until 2016.

Mr. Adams is survived by a sister, Renee Dilley. His Marriage in 1978 to Kathleen Murray with whom he was acquainted in The bleachers at Municipal Stadium, finished in divorce.