BBWAA Historical Overview Committee: Recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams as a pioneer of our National Pastime.
  • Petitioned Baseball Writers Association of America's Historical Overview Committee

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Baseball Writers Association of America's Historical Overview Committee
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Glenn Schwarz
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Jeffrey Idelson
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Bill Madden
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Dave Van Dyck
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Bob Elliott
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Rick Hummel
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Claire Smith
BBWA Historical Overview Committee
Steve Hirdt
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Jack O'Connell
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Tracy Ringolsby
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Mark Whicker
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
Ken Nigro

BBWAA Historical Overview Committee: Recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams as a pioneer of our National Pastime.

    1. Petition by

      B C

      Milford, CT

Include Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams on the 2012 National Baseball Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era ballot

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 include Doc Adams on the Pre-Integration Era ballot submitted to the Pre-Integration Era Committee for consideration for inclusion in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame changed the procedures for consideration for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame in 2010. 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 this year, 2012. 

This intent of this petition is to encourage the Base Ball Writers Association of America's Historical Overview Committee to recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams (November 1, 1814 – January 3, 1899) as one of the founding fathers and include him on the Pre-Integration Era ballot submitted to the Pre-Integration Era Committee for consideration for inclusion in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. 

The origins of baseball have always been a little murky and shrouded in mystery. Everyone has heard the now discredited myth of Abner Doubleday, a distinguished Civil War general, being the father of baseball. Doc Adams' contributions to the game compare favorably, and some would argue even surpass early pioneers already recognized and enshrined in the Hall of Fame including Alexander Cartwright and Henry Chadwick.

Some highlights of Doc Adams contributions to the game:

1. Played for both the New York Base Ball Club and the New York Knickerbockers, one of the first organized baseball teams which played under a set of rules similar to the game today

2. Served as the New York Knickerbocker president for 6 years and on the board, in other roles, for another 6 years.

3. Headed the Committee to Revise the Constitution and By-Laws of the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP)

      o Distance between bases fixed at 90 feet and pitcher’s base to home at 45 feet.

      o Length of games – 9 innings

      o Supported nine-man baseball teams

      o Advocated the fly-game, that is, not to allow first-bound catches.

4. Created the short fielder, or shortstop, position

5. Personally made baseballs, not only for the Knickerbockers but also for other New York City-based clubs.

6. The New York Knickerbocker Base Ball Club awarded him an honorary membership and passed a resolution naming him the "Nestor of Ball Players".

For a biography of Doc Adams, please visit 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 help recognize one of the individuals instrumental in the development of the game that we know and love today. Also, help spread the word through social media, word of mouth, etc. so that we may garner as much support as we can in a short period of time as the ballot will be finalized by October. Voting will occur at the 2012 Winter Meetings and any elected nominees will be inducted in July 2013.

Recent signatures

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    1. 500+!

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      by B C
      Petition Organizer
    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Closing in on 400!

      B C
      by B C
      Petition Organizer

      Great job with the big push over the last couple of days. It has brought the total close to 400. If every supporter could raise 2 friends or family members in the next 2 weeks, we could exceed our target of 1000 by the end of the month. The current plans are to send hard copies of the petition at the end of the month but keep the petition open until the ballot is announced.

    4. Senator Blumenthal supports our efforts

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      by B C
      Petition Organizer

      Senator Richard Blumenthal has backed Doc Adams with a letter of support.

    5. Over 350 and still going strong

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      Petition Organizer

      Big surge - keep up the great work!

    6. Huge day today!

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      by B C
      Petition Organizer

      We hit 250 today! Over a quarter of the way to where we'd like to get to. Time is running short. Let's keep the momentum building as we push to the end of the month!

      Thanks again everyone for your support!

      If you're interested in more detail on our progress see the link below.

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Additional information on our progesss

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      by B C
      Petition Organizer

      For more information on progress, including media links, you can check the following page..

    9. 150 and counting!

      B C
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      Petition Organizer

      Another milestone as we have garnered 150 signatures. Thanks again everyone for your support!

    10. We're Starting To Gain Momentum!

      B C
      by B C
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for your support! We are starting to get more exposure and are gaining momentum! For those that have supported this effort, you understand and appreciate what we are trying to do. In that vein, please share Doc's story with friends and family and help us get the story out and start a juggernaut of support. Thanks again!!!

    11. Reached 100 signatures
    12. MLB Reports Picks Up The Story

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      by B C
      Petition Organizer

      Had the opportunity to write a guest article for MLB Reports on Doc Adams and the efforts to get recognition for his contributions.

    13. We've reached 50 signatures!

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      Petition Organizer

      We've reached 50, but we still have a long way to go. Please help round up additional support by sharing with friends and family. We have about a month to go. The next opportunity will be 3 years away. Thanks again for your support!!!

    14. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Reegan Smyth WRENTHAM, MA
      • 12 months ago

      I am a descendent of Adams. He is my 4th great grand uncle.

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    • wayne ratzenberger TREGO, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      to set the record strait as to who invented the game

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    • Patricia Flahive ORWICH, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      From my research it is unmistakeably evident that Doc Adams and early devotion to and promotion and innovationof the game of base ball was one of the major reasons that we are the fortunate

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    • John Esposito MONT VERNON, NH
      • about 2 years ago

      Doc was born in out town in 1814, and after reading his contribution to baseball I encourage his induction into the Hall of Fame

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    • William Huddleston ANNANDALE, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Why is this important to you?

      Because Doc Adams was the glue that held things together in the early part of baseball.''

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