‘Laws of Base Ball’ document could fetch $1 million at auction

Baseball historian John Thorn calls it baseball’s equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls. It’s a good parallel. The 159-year-old “Laws of Base Ball” that is headed to auction next month may not have the religious significance of the scrolls found in the Qumran Caves in the Middle East, but it does contain significant baseball literature. Drafted in 1857 by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, the “Laws of Base Ball,” a fascinating 23-page document that is the blueprint for the rules of the game, is a highlight of SCP Auctions’ Spring Premier online auction that begins April 6.