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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.


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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Baseball Writers Association of America's Historical Overview Committee
  • BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
    Mark Whicker
  • BBWAA Historical Overview Committee
    Tracy Ringolsby
  • 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

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