Funeral services are scheduled Tuesday for Jerry Adair, the record
Jun. 01, 1987
TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Funeral services are scheduled Tuesday for Jerry Adair, the record-setting major league second baseman remembered as ''one of the finest athletes to ever play'' at Oklahoma State University.
Adair died Sunday morning at a local hospital following a bout with liver cancer. He was 50.
''There was no one smarter in basketball and he was one of those guys that you knew would do something in the clutch to win a tough game,'' former Oklahoma State University basketball coach Henry Iba said of Adair.
But the multisport athlete probably will be remembered best for his major league baseball career. Adair's achievements during his eight years with the Baltimore Orioles include 458 consecutive chances without an error, 89 consecutive games for a second baseman without an error and a .994 fielding average for a second baseman in 1964. His 1964 glove is in the Hall of Fame.
Adair hit a career high .291 for the Boston Red Sox in 1967 after Baltimore traded him.
Funeral services will be held at Woodland Cemetery in Sand Springs at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Adair, whose wife died of cancer in 1981, is survived by two daughters, a son, a sister and a half-brother, all of Sand Springs.