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He is baseball’s most important figure not in the Hall of Fame… With the recent discovery of his “Laws of Base Ball” we have tangible primary evidence of his genius. More than anyone else, he created our game of nine innings, nine men, and ninety-foot base paths.

John Thorn on Doc Adams, “5 Inventors”, Our Game (July 26, 2021)

“He’s the true father of baseball and you’ve never heard of him.”

John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, on the newly discovered founder of modern baseball, Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams.

Doc Adams in his own words:

“Dr. D. L. Adams: Memoirs of the Father of Base Ball”, Sporting News (2/29/1896)

“Father of Baseball”, Chicago Chronicle (6/23/1895)

Doc in the news:

Doc Adams ‘Laws of Base Ball’ Re-surfaces and Sells for $3.26M

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To increase awareness and acknowledge Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams’ contributions and achievements in the development and advancement of our National Pastime. For too long, his accomplishments have gone without public recognition or have been credited to others.

Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams is one of the early pioneers of baseball and his contributions to the game compare favorably, and some would argue even surpass those of others recognized and enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

As more complete and accurate research has documented Doc’s place in baseball history, it is time to honor him with enshrinement into the National Baseball Hall of Fame where he can take his rightful and long-overlooked place alongside the other great baseball pioneers.

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