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.


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.

If you would like to provide a formal endorsement, please contact us and we will be in touch.

The signature count now exceeds 2100!

Recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, a founding father of our National Pastime, with enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2025)

Recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams as a pioneer of our National Pastime.

In seeking the origins of our National Pastime, it is important to search out and recognize the pioneers who were instrumental in its formation rather than perpetuate myths and half-truths and elect Doc Adams. Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams was an early pioneer of our National Pastime, the great game of baseball, and should be recognized as such with enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Doc Adams was an American baseball player and executive who is regarded by historians as an important figure in the sport's early years. He played an important role during the seminal years of the game and his contributions are as significant as those of other early pioneers, such as Henry Chadwick, who already enshrined in the Hall.

The first step to enshrinement is to have him included on the 2025 National Baseball Hall of Fame Classic Baseball ballot. We therefore petition the BBWAA
Historical Overview Committee to evaluate the accomplishments and contributions of Doc Adams and include him on the 2025 ballot so that he may be considered, voted on and ultimately selected by the Early Baseball Era Committee for induction into the Hall of Fame.

In the spirit getting to the truth about the roots of the game and acknowledging those men were instrumental in formulating our National Pastime, please ensure Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams gets his long overdue plaque. His plaque should be hanging along side the other baseball immortals in the The Plaque Gallery, the 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.

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