The Doc Adams Base Ball website is celebrating it’s 8th birthday!
This year’s birthday; however, is overshadowed by the extremely sad loss of Marjorie Adams. Marjorie’s tireless drive and frriendship will be greatly missed by many. However, she would want us to remember the good times and continue her Doc Adams Educational Campaign until he is justly honored with enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In her honor, that is exactly what we plan to do.
It has been a decade’s long adventure with the site being launched two years in. A lot has happened just since this website was established eight years ago. An engaging and memorable interview of Doc Adams (Marjorie Adams) at SABR’s 6th Annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference in Cooperstown…. Selection of Doc Adams as SABR’s 2014 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend…the longest running Vintage Base Ball festival renamed the Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival…Doc appearing on the 2016 Pre-integration Era Committee Ballot… and sadly, coming up 2 votes shy of election…the re-discovery of the ‘Laws of Base Ball‘ authored by Doc in 1857 which baseball historian John Thorn refers to as baseball’s Magna Carta which sold at auction for $3.26M…….Marjorie Adams presented, and received an honorable mention for her research presentation “Doc Adams: A Founding Father of Baseball” at the SABR 47 National Conference in New York City…signs honoring Doc Adams were dedicated in his hometown of Mont Vernon… the Doc Adams Birthplace Classic now held annually in Doc Adams’ hometown…Doc Adams’ “Laws of Base Ball” exhibited at the Library of Congress.
Last year we were looking forward to the announcement of the Early Baseball Era ballot (with Doc Adams as a finalist) and the subsequent election to be held at the 2020 Winter Meetings. We hoped to have already attended Doc’s induction as a member of the Class of 2021.
Well, we know what happened last year and the cancellations and delay were the least of it.
But now, we look forward again as this is a big year for Doc Adams. It’s been 6 years since he was on the ballot (missing by 2 votes) – if only Doc’s “Laws of Base Ball” had resurfaced a few months earlier. Hopefully, this year will be different.
After a one year hiatus, the Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival returned this year and we anticipate the return if the Doc Adams Birthplace Classic in September.
We originally expected to be here in 2018, then 2020, and hopefully we’re really here now counting down to Doc’s 2nd appearance on the ballot. Next year we hope to add Doc Adams being named on the Early Baseball Era Committee Ballot, being elected, and inducted into to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to our birthday update.
We look forward to continuing to advance the truth of the origins of the game of baseball and ensure that Dr. Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams, M.D. is acknowledged for his contributions and achievements in the advancement of the game. Thanks to all our visitors for expressing interest, checking us out, and helping us spread the word!
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