This day in baseball: Breaking more color barriers

On July 3, 1947, the Cleveland Indians purchased Larry Doby from the Negro League’s Newark Eagles.  Two days later, Doby became the first black player to play in the American League.  He became a seven-time All-Star center fielder and, along with Satchel Paige, became one of the first black players to win a World Series Championship in 1948.

Exactly 47 years later, in July 3, 1994 the Indians retired Doby’s number 14.  He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

TVRage.com

 

About these ads

3 Comments on “This day in baseball: Breaking more color barriers”

  1. verdun2 says:

    Great Fourth of July gift for the entire country. Thanks for reminding us.
    v

  2. steve says:

    Another Veeck legacy and kinda different than Jackie Robinson in that Doby went directly from Negro Lagues to MLB with no minors.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 310 other followers