Doby, Larry

Lawrence Eugene Doby
Born: December 13, 1923, Camden, South Carolina
Died: June 18, 2003, Montclair, New Jersey
Played For: 
Newark Eagles (1942-1943, 1946-1947), Cleveland Indians (1947-1955, 1958), Chicago White Sox (1956-1957, 1959), Detroit Tigers (1959)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1998

The first African-American player in the American League, Larry Doby was a power-hitting center fielder and a key member of Cleveland's pennant winners in 1948 and '54. Before joining the Indians, he starred with the Negro National League's Newark Eagles for four seasons, leading them to a championship in 1946. A nine-time All-Star (seven times with the Indians and twice with the Eagles), Doby twice led the American League in homers. He was shortstop Monte Irvin's double-play partner in Newark.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Doby's No. 14 was retired by the Cleveland Indians on July 3, 1994?
He was a great American, he served the country in World War II and was a great ballplayer. He was kind of like Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, because he was the second African-American player in the Majors.
Bob Feller