The boys and girls of summer were unable to gather at Old Bethpage Village Restoration for the 23rd Annual Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s a shame to miss the opportunity to play on what is a picture perfect weekend. The cancellation of this and several other events planned in the lead up to the selection of the 2021 Early Baseball Era Committee Ballot finalists and the subsequent voting has hindered the continued spread of the word about Adams and his accomplishments. Hopefully, this won’t stand in the way of his election.
All this just means that social media is the best way to continue spread the word. Our intent is to educate baseball fans about the important role Doc Adams played in the development of our National Pastime. Most fans have heard the Abner Doubleday myth and others have heard about Alexander Cartwright’s ‘contributions’. However, most have still not heard of Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams, M.D.
“He’s the true father of baseball and you’ve never heard of him.”
John Thorn, Official Historian, Major League Baseball
Interview with Associated Press, April 2016
We want to demonstrate to the Hall and voters that fans care about baseball history. That they care about accuracy and recognizing true pioneers of the game for their foundational contributions to the nascent National Pastime. That it’s important to get it right. Therefore, please take a minute to sign our petition to help us prove our point. We already have over 1,250 signatures.
When someone asks you who invented baseball, just remember these three quotes and one question:
1. “The history of baseball is a lie from beginning to end, from its creation myth to its rosy models of commerce, community, and fair play. The conventional tale of the game’s birth is substantially incorrect-not just the Doubleday fable, pointless to attack, but even the scarcely less legendary development of the Knickerbocker game, ostensibly sired by Alexander Cartwright . . .”, John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball
2. “Like Topsy, baseball never had no ‘fadder’; it jest growed.”, Henry Chadwick, Hall of Fame pioneer
3. “For his role in making baseball the success it is, Doc Adams may be counted as first among the Fathers of Baseball.”, John Thorn, SABR Baseball Biography Project
How is Dr. Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams, M.D. not in the National Baseball Hall of Fame already???
Please share this with your friends and family. Share on Facebook. Let’s go viral. Thanks!
For more information about Doc Adams’ contributions and life, please visit our site: DocAdamsBaseBall.org.
Mark your calendar for next year’s event, August 7-8, 2021.