New Hampshire Native and Baseball Pioneer Named to the 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame Pre-integration Era Committee Ballot

Clubs and Organizations

October 21, 2015

From: National Baseball Hall Of Fame And Museum

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Monday October 5th that Daniel Lucius ‘Doc’ Adams is one of the 10 finalists to appear on the 2016 Pre-integration Era Committee ballot (http://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/preintegration/adams-doc#2016-pre-integration-committee-ballot). 

Doc Adams along with six former big league players and three executives comprise the 10-candidate Pre-Integration Era Committee ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 7 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn. Candidates receiving 75% of the votes will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame next July

Adams’ contributions to the game include the creation of the shortstop position and heading the baseball governing body that established key aspects of today’s baseball game including nine players per team, the nine-inning game, ninety feet between bases and catching the ball on the fly.

Adams was born in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire on November 1, 1814. He graduated from Yale in 1835 and Harvard Medical School in 1838. In 1839, he moved to New York where he established his own medical practice.

Adams joined the New York Base Ball Club in 1840. By 1845, he became a member of the famed Knickerbocker Base Ball Club and was elected as its president two years later. In 1848, he led the committee to revise the rules and bylaws of the Knickerbockers.

Adams was selected 2014 19th Century Overlooked Baseball Legend the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Each year SABR The annual award 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

The efforts to have the contributions of Doc Adams recognized by baseball have been led by his great granddaughters, Marjorie Adams of Mystic, Connecticut, and Nancy A. Downey of New York City and members of the Friends of Vintage Base Ball of Hartford, Connecticut.

More information on Doc Adams and his contributions to the game of baseball can be found at: