Thorn: Doc Adams remembers, an 1896 interview

From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game on November 14, 2012:

Twenty years ago I “rediscovered” Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams with the publication in the debut issue of the Elysian Fields Quarterly of my article “The True Father of Baseball.” I expanded upon this offering several times over the ensuing years, notably in Total Baseball; it appears in its latest incarnation at the SABR Biproject site: I also wrote about Adams and his key innovations–setting the basepaths at ninety feet and inventing the position of shortstop–in my most recent book, Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game. I have spoken about Adams at the Smithsonian. 

What I have not done, however, is to present to my readers the complete article that started my enduring fascination with this character. I stumbled upon it in the late 1980s in a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown and retyped it on site with the aid of a lightweight electronic typewriter (I had not brought my “portable,” or rather luggable, Kaypro computer with me). This fundamentally important story appeared in The Sporting News, February 29, 1896.

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Originally published: November 14, 2012. Last Updated: November 14, 2012.