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April 17th, 2013
thesmithian

Amidst the hoopla surrounding the…movie ‘42’ and Jackie Robinson’s heroic integration of major league baseball in April, 1947, the media has all but forgotten Larry Doby’s integration of the American League less than three months later. Unlike Robinson who spent a year with the Brooklyn Dodgers’ farm team, Doby moved directly from the Negro League Newark Eagles to the Cleveland Indians. In his first full season in 1948, Doby helped the Indians win the World Series, a feat that Robinson did not accomplish until 1955.

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    Larry Doby rocked. And he should get so much more attention than he does. But, Cleveland knows. And Cleveland does not...
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    Doby never meant to kill (an entire city’s hopes and dreams), only maim or seriously injure.
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