The National Baseball Hall of Fame once again changed the procedures for consideration for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame in 2022. For players and pioneers of the game of baseball from pre-1947 to be considered for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame they need to be selected by the Pre-Integration Era Committee. The committee’s rules call for elections to be held every 3 years with the inaugural one occurring in 2012.
In 2012, we conducted petition in support Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams enshrinement in the ballot for election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame that garnered 634 signatures.
Doc Adams was recognized by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) as their Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2014. This prestigious recognition honors “a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Another petition started in 2014 petition collected another 336 signatures.
Doc finally appeared on a ballot in 2015 and on December 7, 2015, the Hall of Fame Pre-integration Era Committee announced the results of the voting on the 10 candidates on the 2016 ballot at the MLB Winter Meetings. Candidates needed to receive 12 of 16 votes (75%) for election. The committee failed to elect any one of the 10 candidates. Doc Adams received the highest vote total, just 2 shy of the required votes required for election.
In 2016, the Hall again changed its rules. Now Doc has to be considered by the new ‘Early Baseball’ committee which was first scheduled to meet in 2020 (rather than 2018). However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ballot was delayed until 2021 for 2022 induction. Subsequently, the committee will meet every 10 years.
Since then, we collected another 1131 signatures for a total of 2101.
After Doc Adams was inexplixably omitted from the 2022 Early Ballot, the Hall once again deceided to revise its rules.The good news is that Doc Adams will next be eligible for the 2025 ballot (rather than the 2032) on the new CLassic Baseball Era ballot that will be on a three year cycle. The bad news is that the ballot encompasses over 125 years (pre-1980), an expanded number of players, and will consist of only 8 (rather than 10 candidates).
We will keep the petition open so that as we spread the word of Adams’ accompishmnets and contributions, people can continue to show their support.
For another biography of Doc Adams, please visit Doc Adams Base Ball and the Society of American Baseball Research’s Baseball Biography Project and read “Baseball Pioneers: Doc Adams” and “Doc Adams Biography” Please consider signing this petition to show your support for recognizing one of the individuals instrumental in the development of the game that we know and love today.
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It is important that we continue to educate baseball fans about Doc and his key role in the development of our National Pastime.
Please help spread the word through social media, word of mouth, etc. so that we may garner as much support as possible.
The signature count now exceeds 2100!