The Daniel “Doc” Adams Affair
An interesting, somewhat provocative article was recently posted on Ethics Alarms. The following excerpt highlights Marjorie’s efforts:
This fiasco of historical incompetence and bias is highlighted today because it was announced that Marjorie Adams, the great-granddaughter of Daniel “Doc” Adams, died earlier this month. She had been laboring for years to get “Doc”—yes, he was a real M.D.— the recognition he deserved and to see him finally inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. She lobbied for him on a website, at conferences, at meetings of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and at vintage baseball festivals. Gradually, the message got through. On the SABR website, Doc Adams’ biography concludes, “For his role in making baseball the success it is, Doc Adams may be counted as first among the Fathers of Baseball.”
Yet Marjorie Adams died before her mission was accomplished. Doc Adams was nearly elected to the Hall when the new Pre-integration Era committee voted in December 2015. He received 10 votes, more than any other candidate but two short of the required 12. More evidence of Adams’ crucial role has emerged since then, and it is widely believed that he will finally be admitted to the Hall when the committee votes this coming December.
The full article can be read at the following link: How Sloppy (Or Dishonest) Historical Research Can Deceive For Decades: The Daniel “Doc” Adams Affair
Marjorie was justly proud of Doc Adams and lived to see him start receiving the recognition he reserved. I am pleased about that.