Baseball has always taken pride in its history and detailed statistical references. That history is built on the contributions of pioneers that helped define, develop, and popularize our National Pastime. Their importance to the game may not be easily measured with statistics alone, or at all. The National Baseball Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving that history, sharing it, and honoring those who made it.
… dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime.Mission | Baseball Hall of Fame
Therefore, it is essential that the early pioneers are recognized and honored with enshrinement. Having worthy pioneers acknowledged as a member of this most exclusive fraternity is important to a great number of people: baseball historians, writers, authors, Vintage Base Ball enthusiasts, baseball fans, and more.
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.
Of the more than 19,000 men who have played Major League Baseball, just 1 percent have been enshrined in Cooperstown. Combine that with managers, umpires, executives (including Effa Manley, the first female Hall of Famer) and Negro Leagues players elected to the Hall, and you have the most exclusive club in sports.
Take time in the iconic Plaque Gallery to explore the plaques of players you grew up idolizing, as well as those with whom you may not be familiar. Each plaque bears the inductee’s likeness and describes their accomplishments. It’s a great place to learn about the legends of our game.
At the end of your Museum visit, the benches in the middle of the Plaque Gallery are the perfect place to sit and reflect on your love of the game, your favorite baseball memories and the sport’s incredible history.PLAQUE GALLERY, Baseball Hall of Fame
These pages contain expressions of support for Doc Adams’ role as a baseball pioneer to be acknowledged with induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Some are formal endorsements, and some are other public statements. These individuals from various walks of life have taken the time to weigh in on Doc Adams, his accomplishments, and contributions to the development and growth of the game.