As we celebrate this historic day in Baseball History, as well as American History, there is absolutely nothing I could possibly write to add to this event that already has been said or written.
I would like to dedicate this blog to the great Hall of Famer…Larry Doby,
On Saturday, July 5, 1947, Larry Doby also made history when he broke the color barrier in the American League as he appeared in his first Major League Baseball game with the Cleveland Indians.
During the 1997 season, when Jackie Robinson’s number 42 was being retired throughout baseball, the still-living Larry Doby was ignored by the media. But we must keep in mind, that retiring the number 42 was the right thing to do, he was the ”first player”, but at baseballsgreatesthitters.com, we strongly feel Mr.Doby could have been included and been part and received some of the media attention and accolades.
We must keep in mind when Larry appeared in his first game, less than three months after Jackie Robinson broke in, he exprienced the same taunts, hate mail, and deaths threats as did Jackie Robinson three months earlier. He also was the first player to break the color barrier in three additional cities, Cleveland, Detroit, Washington D.C. and keep in mind, and in only three months he followed Jackie in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and St.Louis, and was the recipient of the same despicable fans, teammates as well players on the opposing teams.
In conclusion, to all our subscribers, and to all baseball fans who love this great game and its history, as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson, as baseball fans, let us not forget the great Larry Doby….” The Forgotten Man” and keep his memory alive, this man has certainly earned it.
On June 30.1978, Larry Doby, the great centerfielder, and nine-time all-star was named as the manager of the Chicago White Sox, thus becoming the second African American M.L.B. manager in baseball history, ironically, second to another Robinson. Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson was named the “first” African American for the Cleveland Indians in 1975.
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