In celebration of Black History Month we wanted to take some time out to remember the late great Larry Doby. Larry was the first African American to play in the American League and made his debut with the Cleveland Indians on July 5th 1947 just three months after Jackie Robinson’s historic first game with the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Larry did not get off to the great start Jackie Robinson did and played in only 29 games in his first year. Because of this fact Doby is often overlooked in terms of public perception. But Like Jackie , despite all the hate and racism, Larry went onto have a brilliant career which in turn helped pave the way for the future stars of yesterday and today. Lets take a look at some of Doby’s accomplishments during his hall of fame career.
- 7-time All-Star
- World Series champion with 1948 Indians
- First player to go from the Negro Leagues straight to the Majors
- First black player to hit a home run in the World Series
- Hit .283 with 253 home runs and 970 RBI in 13 Major League seasons
- First player to win championships in the Negro Leagues & Majors
- First black player to win a home run title in the Majors
- First black player to win an RBI title in the American League
- Elected to the Hall Of Fame in 1998
- Led the AL in home runs twice as a Center Fielder
- Posted five 100 RBI Seasons
- Appointed manager of the White Sox in 1978, at the time was the second African-American to manage a Major League club
And many more… Please join me in saying thanks Larry!
Onto the Monday Halo Links:
- Kendry Morales might not be ready by opening day
- Erick Aybar had a secret knee surgery in October
- Pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery to remove a cancerous growth
- Jered Weaver holds no grudges from his arbitration loss
- Maicer Izturis appears to be the front runner for the lead off spot ( quote from Scioscia at bottom)
- Happy Valentines Day!