Some recent highlights:
2011: John Thorn ‘re-discovers’ Doc Adams in his classic, “Baseball in the Garden of Eden”.
2014: Selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend
2015: The Old Time Base Ball Fesival held at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the longest running annual Vintage Base Ball Festival of its kind, was renamed Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival.
2016: Appeared on The National Baseball Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era ballot, garnering 10 of 12 votes necessary for election.
2018: Doc Adams’ “Laws of Base Ball” displayed at the library of Congress.
2018: Doc Adams signs dedicated in his home town of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.
- A groundswell of support for Doc’s enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame continues to grow from historians, vintage base ball community, and baseball fans.
A seminal baseball artifact, the “Laws of Base Ball” authored by Doc Adams, resurfaced after Doc’s bid for enshrinement fell 2 votes short in 2015.
This compelling artifact surely establishes that Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams is unequivocally a key Founding Father of baseball and deserves to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It would seem that this evidence, written in Doc’s own hand, should convince ALL of the members of the Early Baseball Era Committee to finally acknowledge Doc’s place in baseball history.
Adams’s hand in the sport’s early rule-making is not a revelation; instead, it is the physical record of his central role memorialized in the three surviving pages of his document.“Back on the Auction Block, a 19th-Century Document Essential to Baseball’s Rules”, Richard Sandomir, New York Times (February 28, 2016)
On April 24, 2016, the last hours of the auction for the “Laws of Base Ball” authored by Doc Adams lived up to its billing and did not disappoint as the closing bid came in at $3,263,246 setting a new record for the highest priced baseball document.
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2021: Doc Adams was shockingly and inexplicably left off the 2022 Early Baseball Era ballot.