MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS
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It's written, "You don't know how strong you are until weight is placed upon you." Players Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby, like their teammates, were strong on the field, or they wouldn't have been hired to play the game. But there resided in these black men a strength and character that would come to light and evidenced by all, as they were pressed with the stuggles and toils only black pioneers could face. Larry Doby was the second black to play in a major league club, and the second black to manage a club. Off the field, deep in the middle of life, he was at the top.
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First Day of Issue
July 21, 2012
Cleveland, OH 44101
Larry Doby is best remembered for becoming the first black player to integrate the American League when he joined the Cleveland Indians. As well, the second African-American player in the major leagues to break the color barrier, only 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson. A 7-time All-Star and 2- time American League home run leader in his 13 year career. Doby played for the Negro National League in 1942 and 1943 and he helped lead the Indians to their last World Series title in 1948. Although we remember him for breaking the color barrier, he also led the American League in home runs and RBI and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Later with the 1978 Chicago White Sox, Doby became just the second black man to manage a major league team, following Frank Robinson. Doby’s #14 was retired by the Indians in 1994, forty seven years to the date he signed his contract with Cleveland. Yogi Berra said of Doby, “Larry Doby could do everything— hit, run, field and throw.” Ironically, Larry commenting on Yogi Berra’s kindness toward him said, “Yogi Berra was one of the first opposing players to talk to me. As a catcher, Yogi talked to everybody. I finally had to tell the umpire, ...Please tell him to shut up, he asked me how my family was back in the first inning.” Now that’s hilarious. Upon signing his first major league contract, owner Bill Veeck made a prediction; “Lawrence, you are going to be part of history,” Doby said Veeck told him that day. “Part of history? I had no notions about that. I just wanted to play baseball,” Doby recalled. In the face of racial prejudice, Doby remained a superior hitter and outfielder during his career. Saying, “I had to take it, but I fought back by hitting the ball as far as I could. That was my answer.”...
Read the article in its entirety in the October 2015 Bevil newsletter, which accompanies the cover.