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Baseball Icon Dies

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Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Guardians lost an icon of their team, and an icon of the sport today. If you had ever been to a Cleveland Guardians baseball game at any point for close to the last 50 years, you would have heard the banging of the drums. For the majority of the time, the banging of the drums was done by Cleveland fan John Adams.

The Cleveland Guardians announced on Twitter today that John Adams, the man that started the drumming at their home games, has passed away. John Adams was 71 years old and his health had been in decline over the past few seasons. The team honored his legacy last season with a replica bronze sculpture of his drums at Progressive Field.

In a video posted by the Cleveland Guardians, they stated that John Adams missed only 45 home games over the course of his 48 years drumming at the ballpark. They also mentioned that John Adams had bought the drums from a garage sale for only $25.

Last season, the Cleveland Guardians inducted the drummer John Adams into the distinguished Cleveland Guardians Hall of Fame for the beat of his drums.

Unable to attend home games since 2020 due to his declining health, last season John Adams beat the drums for the home opener through a video from O'Neill Heathcare Fairview Park.

The memory of John Adams and the legend of this baseball icon will live on forever.

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