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Merle Theron (Doc) Adkins ( – ) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Americans (1902) and New York Highlanders (1903). Adkins batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Troy, Wisconsin.
Adkins made his debut with the Boston Americans on during a 6-7 loss to the Washington Senators. He made four appearances (two starts) with Boston, posting a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 4.05, walking seven and striking out three in 20 innings pitched.
Adkins spent the 1903 season with the New York Highlanders, pitching in two games, one of which was a start. In seven innings of work, he let up eight runs, six of which were earned, on 10 hits and five walks with a 7.71 ERA. His final Major League appearance came - the last day of the season - in a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.
After his retirement as a player, Adkins was affiliated with Trinity College. He also scouted players, notably discovering Ernie Shore and calling him to the attention of Jack Dunn, then the owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
Adkins died in Durham, North Carolina at age of 63. He is buried at Maplewood Cemetery.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- BaseballLibrary biography by Dave Howell
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