Jerry Adair, Boston Red Sox Infielder
The walls of Skybokx 109 feature a collection of classic photos and rare memorabilia celebrating the history and character of Boston sports.
Each of these photos and artifacts tell a unique story. Here’s our most recent installment “If These Walls Could Talk” series – 1967 Boston Red Sox utility man Jerry Adair.
Jerry Adair was one of baseball’s premier defensive infielders in the 1960s and was a key component in the Boston Red Sox 1967 “Impossible Dream” season.
Adair joined the Red Sox on June 2, 1967 in a trade with the Chicago Whitesox.
Adair played well down the stretch with the Red Sox, hitting .291 with 3 homers and 26 RBI in 89 games. With his pennant push performance at the plate, coupled with stellar defensive play, Adair finished 15th in the AL MVP balloting. Teammate Carl Yastrzemski won the award that year after claiming the elusive triple crown.
The Red Sox were 22-21 before he joined them but were 70-49 afterward.
As author Herb Crehan wrote in the book “Lightning in a Bottle”, “Role players like Adair seldom get their moment in the sun. But in the summer of ’67 every Red Sox fan thought of Jerry as a hero.” Red Sox broadcaster Ken Coleman called Jerry Adair “Mr. Clutch” and wrote that if there had been a “Tenth Player Award” in 1967, he would have deserved it.