On December 7, 2015, the Pre-integration Era Committee announced the results of the voting on the 10 candidates on the 2016 ballot at the MLB Winter Meetings. Candidates needed to receive 12 of 16 votes (75%) for election. The committee failed to elect any one of the 10 candidates. Doc Adams received the highest vote total, just 2 shy of the required votes required for election.
This was Doc’s first time appearing on a Hall of Fame ballot. Although he was not elected THIS time, being the top vote getter, so close to election, was a major accomplishment. As recently as 4 years ago, very few people had even heard the name Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams. Today, he is being mentioned on every sports broadcast and in almost every article and blog post on the MLB Winter Meetings. He and his contributions to the game are more well known, however, he has not fully received the recognition that he deserves – enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Doc Adams: 10 votes, 62.5%
- Bill Dahlen: 8 votes, 50.0%
- Harry Stovey: 8 votes, 50.0%
Since the Hall of Fame changed their “veteran’s committees” era committees, the next time that Doc will be up for consideration for election to the Hall of Fame is in 4 years in 2020. Stay tuned and help us to continue to spread the word about Doc so that he won’t be overlooked anymore..
The announcement and John Thorns comments can be seen in this video clip from MLB Network.
The 16-member Hall of Fame Board-appointed electorate was comprised of Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Bobby Cox, Pat Gillick and Phil Niekro; Major League executives Chuck Armstrong (Mariners), Bill DeWitt (Cardinals), Gary Hughes (Red Sox) and Tal Smith (Astros); and veteran media members/historians Steve Hirdt, Peter Morris, Jack O’Connell, Claire Smith, Tim Sullivan, T.R. Sullivan, Gary Thorne and Tim Wendel.
NEXT YEAR WE WILL BE CELEBRATING DOC’S ELECTION RATHER THAN REMEMBERING HIS FIRST APPEARANCE ON THE BALLOT.