Born January 3rd, 1943 in Brooksville, Florida, Adrian grew up in Sarasota and excelled at baseball and football. He graduated from Sarasota High School and signed with the Milwaukee Braves in 1961, starting a career in professional baseball that spanned 54 years. His travels took him to many cities throughout the world and allowed him to hit home runs in five countries (US, Canada, Japan, Dominican Republic and Venezuela). He won four home run titles in three minor leagues and when he went abroad, he topped the Dominican Republic winter league and finished second in the Japanese Central League. During his professional baseball career, he became known as "Smokey" after his teammate remarked that Adrian bore a resemblance to Smoky Joe Wood. A catcher and an outfielder, Adrian made his debut with the Atlanta Braves in 1966 and played eight seasons in Major League Baseball between 1966 and 1976 for the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and California Angels. Adrian later starred for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan from 1977 - 1979, hitting 102 home runs with 247 RBIs in three seasons. During the 1978 season, Adrian became the first player to hit three home runs in a Japanese All-Star game and, thanks in large part to his efforts, Hiroshima became the first team in the Japanese professional leagues to have more than 200 home runs in a season. Adrian's 1979 Hiroshima team won the Japan Series title.
Adrian began his coaching career in 1982 as a minor league manager for the Chicago White Sox. He then went on to serve for five seasons (1988-1992) at the major league level as the third-base and hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals. He served as a minor league coach for the Florida Marlins, and from 2003-2011 he was the hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A team in Louisville, followed by four years as a hitting instructor for the Cincinnati Reds' organization.
Adrian Garrett passed away on April 22nd surrounded by his loving family. As a man of great faith, he left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him as a kind, generous and humble man full of love for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Linda Garrett; daughter, Angela Bartlett; son, Jason Garrett; granddaughters, Alexa and Carys Bartlett and Avery Garrett; son-in-law, Gregg Bartlett; and daughter-in-law, Emily Garrett. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Troyer; brothers, Charles and Wayne Garrett; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Iva Garrett, and sister, Gail Hurst.
A visitation will be held at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin (4435 Frontier Trail) on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:00 p.m. Services will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin (3201 Windsor Road) on Thursday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of your choice in Adrian's honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (https://www.jdrf.org) or RBI Austin (https://rbiaustin.org).