In our continuing quest to find more Doc Adams references, we came across an article in the Spring 1999 Harvard Medical Alumni magazine. The excellent article, “Baseball Rules”, by James S. Distlehorst is extremely accurate. The article summarizes Doc’s base ball life and contributions, and also includes his post-baseball life. An interesting addendum is another article by Distlehorst, “Treating the Knickerbockers”. It describes the medical practices of the time and what Adams’ practice would be like and the care he would provide.
Distlehorst quotes two two eminent historians: the late Fred Ivor Campbell who referred to Adams as “the Nuturing Father of Baseball” and John Thorn who calls Doc “first among the Fathers of Baseball”. Distlehorst thanks Thorn, John R. Husman and Kenneth Shouler in providing the profile of Doc Adams.