Almost 200 years ago, today (July 9, 1827), Daniel Adams, M.D. wrote a letter to his 12-year-old son, Daniel Lucius Adams, while he was attending the Kimball Union School in Meriden, NH:
Virgil’s quote translates to “They can because they think they can.”
Daniel Adams, Sr. instilled a strong work ethic in his son that led him to strive for excellence in all he pursued from medicine to base ball to his many later endeavors.
It was that quest for excellence along with his love of the game that led him to persevere in helping shape our National Pastime in its infancy.