Chris Dimino and Larry Doby recount his life on and off the field that he’s been shortchanged by that narrative. The HOFer lived an incredible one. Baseball AND Social History lesson.
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.
Larry Doby of the Indians hits the first major league homer over the outer wall in Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium‚ an estimated 500-foot clout in the 6th. The Indians win, 4 – 2, behind Herb Score‚ who is replaced in the 9th after singles by C Wilmer Shantz and PH Enos Slaughter. Wilmer’s brother Bobby Shantz is the loser.
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