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Petitioning Baseball Writers Association of America's Historical Overview Committee and 12 others

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

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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.

Letter to
Baseball Writers Association of America's Historical Overview Committee
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Mark Whicker
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Tracy Ringolsby
and 10 others
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Jack O'Connell
BBWA Historical Overview Committee Steve Hirdt
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Claire Smith
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Rick Hummel
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Bob Elliott
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Dave Van Dyck
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Bill Madden
National Baseball Hall of Fame Jeffrey Idelson
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Glenn Schwarz
BBWAA Historical Overview Committee Ken Nigro
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Base Ball Writers Association of America's Historical Overview Committee.


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 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. 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.

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, Alexander Cartwright and Henry Chadwick, who already enshrined in the Hall.
The first step to enshrinement is to have him included on the 2012 National Baseball Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era ballot. We therefore petition the BBWAA Historical Overview Committee to look back beyond 1876, evaluate the accomplishments and contributions of Doc Adams and include him on this year’s ballot so that he may be considered, voted on and ultimately selected by the Pre-Integration 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 consider including Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams on the National Baseball Hall of Fame Pre-Integration Era ballot in 2012.


Sincerely,