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Larry Doby
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Basketball Player
    (December 13, 1923-June 18, 2003)
    Born in Camden, South Carolina
    Second baseman for the Newark Eagles of the Negro League (1942-43,1946-47)
    First black player in the American League
    Outfielder for the Cleveland Indians (1947-55,1958), Chicago White Sox (1956-57,1959) and Detroit Tigers (1959)
    .283 batting average, 253 home runs, 970 RBIs
    Seven-time All-Star (1949-55)
    Managed the Chicago White Sox (1978)
    #14 retired by the Indians
    Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee (1998)
    His first year in the Negro League, he played under an assumed name to avoid jeopardizing his college athletic scholarship.
    He led the AL in strikeouts twice (1952-53).
    He was thrown out of a game and fined for fighting with Yankees Art Ditmar and Billy Martin (June 12, 1957).
    He was overshadowed by Jackie Robinson.
    In high school, he lettered in four sports: baseball, football, basketball and track.
    He served with the Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
    He and Helen Curvy were married for 55 years.
    He was one of a handful of players to have been on the winning teams in both the Negro World Series (1946) and the Major League World Series (1948).
    When he and his wife bought a house in the 'white' section of Patterson, New Jersey, the mayor had to intervene on their behalf (1949).
    The New York Times wrote, 'Larry Doby integrated all those American League ball parks where Jackie Robinson never appeared. And he did it with class and clout.'
    He noted, '[Jackie Robinson] was first, but the crap I took was just as bad. Nobody said, 'We're gonna be nice to the second black.''

Credit: C. Fishel

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