Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Buck O’Neil, Tony Oliva, and David Ortiz were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on this past Sunday. It had been a long time coming for many of them,
We had hoped that this year would have been the end of a long wait for Doc Adams, and his contributions and accomplishments would finally be honored in Cooperstown with a plaque. However, Adams’ journey continues as do expressions of support and efforts to see that his is no longer overlooked.
Collin Miller of the Knickerbocker Experience and Fleischmanns’ Mountain Athletic Club (M.A.C.) was in Cooperstown, NY on July 24, for the Induction for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
On a day when 6 men were enshrined in the Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown,NY, I traveled 40 miles from my home proudly wearing an 1859 replica Knickerbocker Base Ball Club uniform to raise awareness of Doc Adams’ importance to baseball history and encourage attendees to visit the website to learn more about Doc and sign our petition to put Doc in the Hall as an Early Baseball Pioneer.
I had with me several dozen Doc info cards that I handed out to children and adults and a handmade 1860’s style baseball with an image of Doc engraved on it from the Doc Adams Birthplace Classic held last Fall in Mont Vernon, NH. I took photos with some folks who wondered whether I was a civil war re-enactor only to learn what I was representing. Out of total respect for the inductees,
Collin “Stumpy” Miller
I was careful not to distract attention from the speeches and the important moments shared with their family, friends and fans. This was an extension of the vintage baseball community’s continued efforts to elevate the understanding of Doc’s importance to baseball. We had planned to stage an 1858 rules match in town had Doc been inducted but I thought maybe this was the next best thing.
Wearing his vintage Knickerbocker Base Ball Club uniform, he spread the word about Doc Adams and advocated for Doc’s enshrinement into the Hall of Fame. He promoted Doc Adams in honor of Marjorie Adams and her tireless efforts to see her great-grandfather rightfully recognized and honored.