Our petition to recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams’ role as a founding father of our National Pastime has now garnered 2,070 signatures! The show of support via our petition demonstrates that we are successfully telling Doc Adams’ story. Additionally it demonstrates support for Hall of Fame recognition of an individual who independant historians view as an important founding father of our National Pastime. Our hope is that Doc is recognized with enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
If you already signed, thanks. If you shared Doc’s story with friends and family, thanks again. If you haven’t, please help us with this last push.
Marjorie Adams set a lofty goal for petition signatures! Let’s see if we can go viral with the final one week push and see how far we can get!
He’s the true father of baseball and you’ve never heard of him,John Thorn (the Official Baseball Historian of MLB) told to The Associated Press in a phone interview.
When this journey started, few had heard of the good doctor. John Thorn‘s book, “Baseball in the Garden of Eden“, published in 2011 started to change all that. Many things have happened in the intervening years:
- Development of the Doc Adams education campaign.
- Doc Adams being selected as SABR’s 2014 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend.
- Doc appeared for the first time on a Hall of Fame ballot in 2015 and fell just 2 votes short of election.
- The longest running Vintage Base Ball Festival (Old Time Base Ball Festival held at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration) renamed in his honor (Doc Adams Old Time Base Ball Festival).
- His original handwritten “Laws of Base Ball” resurfaced and sold for $3.26 million.
- The Doc Adams Birthplace Classic became another annual event in Mont Vernon, NH.
- Adams’s “Laws of Base Ball” was exhibited in the Library of Congress.
- There have been many articles in newspapers and magazines, podcasts, radio and TV stories, and interviews.
More and more people are learning about Doc Adams, his importance, contributions, and accomplishments.
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Our goal continues to be two-fold: education and recognition! A key to our success is educating baseball fans about Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams’s critical role in the development of the great game of baseball.
Hopefully, he will receive his long overdue honor with a plaque hanging in the Plaque Gallery in the National Hall of Fame in Cooperstown* in July 2022. #DocAdams2022!
Support has been demonstrated from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and 10 foreign countries. It would be great if we could add Alaska, North Dakota, and West Virginia to cover the whole USA.
As Thorn wrote recently:
He is baseball’s most important figure not in the Hall of Fame. …
… With the recent discovery of his “Laws of Base Ball” we have tangible primary evidence of his genius. More than anyone else, he created our game of nine innings, nine men, and ninety-foot base paths.“5 Inventors“, Our Game
Please take this last week to share with friends and family.
It only takes a few seconds to sign – as fast as you can type your name, city, and state.
If you tell 2 friends, and they tell 2 friends, and so on, and so on… we can go viral.
* – From the National Baseball Hall of Fame website: The Plaque Gallery is sacred ground for baseball fans, where the bronze plaques of the Hall of Famers line the oak walls and visitors speak in hushed, reverential tones. The dramatic arched entryway and marble columns let you know you are somewhere special.