Our petition to recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams’s role as a founding father of our National Pastime has now garnered 1,750 signatures! The show of support via the petition demonstrates that we are successfully telling Doc Adams story. The intent of the petition is to demonstrate support for Hall of Fame recognition for an individual who independant historians view as an important founding father of our National Pastime.When this journey started, few had heard of the great doctor. Our hope is that Doc is recognized with enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Marjorie Adams had set a lofty target of 5,000 signatures for the petition! Let’s make sure we achieve her goal. Let’s go viral with this for the next 4 weeks!
Let’s not forget the the social media event on Wednesday, September 8.
“He’s the true father of baseball and you’ve never heard of him,” John Thorn (the Official Baseball Historian of MLB) told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
- Development of the Doc Adams education campaign.
- Doc Adams being selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2014.
- 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 of its kind (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.
- His “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! Please feel free to share information about Doc with your friends and families. Share the link to our site and our petition via social media, etc. A key to success is educating baseball fans about Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams’ critical role in the development of our great game. Hopefully, this will result in him receiving his long overdue honor by hanging his plaque hanging in the Plaque Gallery in the National Hall of Fame in Cooperstown* in July 2022. #DocAdams2022!
“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.”, Our Game, John Thorn on Doc Adams
* – 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.