Ridgefielder Adams on ballot for baseball Hall of Fame

There’s still a chance that a former Ridgefielder will wind up in Cooperstown.

On Monday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams is one of the 10 finalists to appear on the 2016 Pre-integration Committee ballot (http://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/pre-integration/adams-doc#2016-pre-integration-committee-ballot).

Doc Adams joins six former big league players and three executives on the 10-candidate Pre-Integration Era ballot, which will 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 game, including nine players per team, nine innings, 90 feet between bases, and catching the ball on the fly.

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 by-laws of the Knickerbockers.

Upon retiring from the game and his medical practice, Adams returned to Connecticut. He became the first president of the Ridgefield Savings Bank, a founder and first treasurer of the Ridgefield Library, and a member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives.

In 1888, the family moved to New Haven, where his two sons attended Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School. Adams died in 1899 and is buried in New Haven.

Adams was selected as the 19th Century Overlooked Baseball Legend the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in 2014. Each year, SABR honors a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

For more information, visit www.DocAdamsBaseBall.org.

One-time Ridgefield resident Doc Adams (bottom row, middle) is on a ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame. Adams is shown with other members of the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club, circa 1847.

One-time Ridgefield resident Doc Adams (bottom row, middle) is on a ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame. Adams is shown with other members of the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club, circa 1847.

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