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Larry Doby 75th Anniversary 

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 Larry Doby, the second Black player to integrate baseball and the first Black player in the American League for the Cleveland Indians, later joined the Chicago White Sox as an outfielder and became Major League Baseball’s second Black manager for the Sox.

 

Seventy-five years ago, on a cloudy day in Comiskey Park, Larry Doby stepped out of the shadows into an exclusionary world. On that day — July 5, 1947 — the unassuming 22-year-old Paterson, New Jersey native joined the Cleveland Indians (now Guardians).

 

Only 24 hours earlier, Doby had hit a home run in his last at-bat for the Newark Eagles in the Negro Leagues, whose plucky existence emanated from apartheid in America’s pastime.

 

Doby’s contract had been unexpectedly sold for $10,000 by Newark owner Effa Manley to Bill Veeck, Cleveland’s maverick owner. With no clue what lay ahead, Doby took a cab to Comiskey with Veeck. He started the game on the bench, surrounded by Chicago plainclothes policemen. In the seventh inning, Doby was called to pinch-hit, and struck out.

 

So began his enduring niche in history as the first Black player to integrate the American Leagues. Yet his legacy remains in the shadows, if not near-obscurity.

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1946 Negro League World Series champions, Newark Eagles- Larry Doby it top row far right

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Larry Doby,  in his Newark Eagles Uniform

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While doing an exhibit at local school in Montclair, New Jersey. I meet Larry Doby daugther. She was a second grade teacher. She is holding up  an enlarge Cachet of her father that  I gave her,

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Negro World Series Ticket

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Cleveland manager Bill Veeck with Larry Doby signing contract

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Larry Doby,  first game in Cleveland uniform in dugout at Comiskey Park in Chicago,Ill. on July 5,1947

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Larry Doby, Jr. , right , the son of Larry Doby, looks at commemorative U.S. stamp on Thursday August 23, 2012 in Paterson, N. J.  Standing next to Doby Jr. are congreesman Bill Pascrell, left and Paterson Mayor Jeffery Jones

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Larry Doby, Jr. next to his father stamp at ceremony in Paterson, New Jersey on
First Day of Issue

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A new mural adorns the outside of Progressive Field, near the left field gate and facing the Gateway Plaza.

The mural depicts some of Cleveland baseball's greats, including Larry Doby, Frank Robinson and Satchel Paige, three 'barrier breakers' in baseball's history who are all in the Hall of Fame. The mural was commissioned to local artist Glen Infante and unveiled as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of Doby breaking the color barrier in the American League.

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 Larry Doby Jr. speaks at a ceremony honoring his father in Paterson. Photo by Gary Phillips

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Larry Doby, statue in front of Larry Doby stadium in Paterson, N.J

Mayor Andre Sayegh, of Paterson open up the ceremony.

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Mayor Andre Sayegh, gives Larry Doby, Jr. a special picture of his father to celebrate his 75th Anniversary

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Councilwoman-at-Large Dr. Lilisa Mimms and Councilwoman Ruby Cotton spoke about Larry Doby.

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Mayor Andre Sayegh, of Paterson open up the ceremony.

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 On Tuesday, July 5,  Mayor Andre Sayegh was joined by Larry Doby Jr. and local and federal officials to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the historic day that Larry Doby broke the color barrier in the American League of Major League Baseball. 

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 Larry Doby, at home in Montclair, New Jersey

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 Larry Doby, with his retired number from Cleveland

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Major Leagues Hall of Famers, Yogi Berra and Larry Doby

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 Larry Doby holding up his plaque after the ceremony

 Larry Doby giving his exception speak

 Larry Doby, Statue unveiling in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017

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 Larry Doby family standing in front his statue

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 Larry Doby, Jr. being interview by report on day statue was unveiled. 

 Larry Doby statue outside Cleveland Progressive Field

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In 2012 Eagle Avenue was replace with Larry Doby Way sign behind Progressive Field. 

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 Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

 In 2013 Larry Doby, statue in his honor was put up in his childhood
city of  Camden, South Carolina 

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July 27, 2021

"Brookdale NJ Parkway  rest area in Bloomfield renamed Larry Doby Service: Larry Doby Service Area"

Other Parkway service areas renamed are rockstar Jon Bon Jovi, actor James Gandolfini, broadcast journalist Connie Chung, Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, author Judy Blume, Cuban American singer Celia Cruz, and Frank Sinatra — perhaps New Jersey's most famous native son.  Full renaming story