Recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams as a pioneer of our National Pastime with enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Recognize Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams as a pioneer of our National Pastime with enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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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 honor Daniel Lucius "Doc" Adams with enshrinement 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 in 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) contributions and accomplishments as one of baseball's founding fathers.  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. Some highlights of Doc Adams contributions to the game:

1.      He started playing base ball in 1839. He played for both the New York Base Ball Club and the New York Knickerbockers (1845 – 1862). The latter of which was one of the first organized baseball teams which played under a set of rules similar to the game today.

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

3.      He  is credited by many baseball historians with creating the position of shortstop and was the first player to occupy that position.

4.      He personally made baseballs and oversaw the making of bats, not only for the Knickerbockers but also for other New York City-based clubs in an effort to standardize the game’s equipment.

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

6.      He headed the Committee to Revise the Constitution and By-Laws of the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP):

·         The distance between bases was fixed at 90 feet

·         The distance from the pitcher’s base to home was fixed at 45 feet.

·         The length of games was established at 9 innings.

·         He supported nine-man baseball teams.

·         He advocated the fly-game, that is, not to allow first-bound catches.

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. 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. A seminal baseball artifact, the “Laws of Base Ball” authored by Doc Adams, recently re-surfaced. The DOCument sold at auction for $3,263,246, a record for a baseball document. Adams’s hand in the sport’s early rule-making is not a revelation; instead, it is the physical record of his central role memorialized in the three surviving pages of his document. This compelling artifact surely establishes that Daniel Lucius 'Doc' Adams is unequivocally a key Founding Father of baseball and deserves to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Coming up merely 2 votes short of election in the balloting conducted last December, it would seem that this evidence, written in Doc's own hand, should convince ALL of the members of the Pre-integration Era Committee to be re-convened next in December of 2020, to finally acknowledge Doc's place in baseball history. For a 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. Also, help spread the word through social media, word of mouth, etc. so that we may garner as much support as possible. For more information on Doc Adams, please visit  Note: Our 2012 petition garnered 634 signatures.

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