In the premier issue of Beadle’s Dime Base-Ball Player, Hall of Famer Henry Chadwick, expresses gratitude to his friend, Dr. Adams. Doc was also listed as delegate to the 1860 National Convention representing the Knickerbockers with his teammate, William Grenelle. As is illustrated by Doc’s name appearing in italics, he still continued to support the ‘catch on the fly’ rule. The rule change was proposed to the NABBP annually by Adams but did not pass. It wasn’t finally instituted in 1864.
Doc Adams was elected the presiding officer of the first convention in 1857. The second convention was the birth of the National Association of Base Ball Players. In 1860, Doc was in the middle of his run as Rules Committee Chairman, a role that held from the start through his retirement in 1862.