Jay Jaffe of FanGraphs again shows support for Doc Adams’ inclusion in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Hopefully, the committee does better homework than it did last time when Doc came up 2 votes short for election.
Since the last time Doc was eligible, the discovery of his handwritten “Laws of Base Ball” was announced. This document sold at auction for $3,263,246, setting a new record for the highest priced baseball document. It was also featured in the Baseball Americana exhibit at the library of Congress.
“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.”
This compelling artifact surely establishes that Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams as a key Founding Father of baseball deserving to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Having come up merely 2 votes short of election in 2016, it would seem that this evidence, written in Doc’s own hand, should convince ALL the members of the Early Baseball Era Committee to vote for Doc Adams in December and finally acknowledge his place in baseball history.
To find out more on the ‘Laws’, check out the following link: