Adcock's Last Mile
Joe Adcock's family and friends couldn't believe their bad luck. After Adcock, the former Milwaukee Braves star, died last month at 71, the hearse carrying his coffin to Holly Springs Cemetery in Martin, La., had a flat tire. Adcock's coffin was loaded into the back of a pickup truck for the last mile of the procession.
"After the service we were talking to Mary Ann Brown, Joe's sister, about how we were sorry about what happened with the hearse," says Bill Walters, one of four of Adcock's former LSU basketball teammates who were among the mourners. "She said, 'You're not going to believe this, but before he got real ill, Joe said that when he passed along, he'd just as soon we put him in a pickup truck and take him to the cemetery.' "