case 'Jesse Baker':
Dr. Sam Adams
Adams was the team physician for Tacoma professional baseball clubs
for nearly 30 years. Starting in the 1960s, he cared for and treated
players -- and occasionally fans -- at Cheney Stadium. He was
involved as the Tacoma affiliation with major league clubs changed
from the San Francisco Giants to the Chicago Cubs to the Minnesota
Twins to the New York Yankees, to the Cleveland Indians and finally
the Oakland A’s.
Adams also volunteered as the physician for many Golden Gloves
boxing exhibitions put on by the Tacoma Athletic Commission. He was
also one of the founders of the West End Athletic Association in
1960 as part of the Metropolitan Park District.
he wasn’t treating patients, Adams could be found fly fishing for
steelhead on the rivers of Western Washington. He was a regular
guest on the television program Northwest Fisherman. He was also a
longtime member at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club where he hit his
second hole-in-one in August 1998, just six months before his death.
Born Dec. 14, 1919 in Santa Cruz, California, Dr. Adams considered
it one of his greatest privileges in life to be able to combine the
healing art of medicine with his love of people and sports.