Sports history in Black: Second Black baseball player to join the Major Leagues retires in 1959

By Mike Patton

NABJ Black News & Views

Jackie Robinson is confirmed as the first Black baseball player in Major League baseball history. The second person was Larry Doby, a fact often overlooked. 

Larry Doby in 1953. Photo credit: Bowman Gum
Larry Doby in 1953. Photo credit: Bowman Gum

Doby was selected in July 1947 to play for the Cleveland Indians. Doby played for 13 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Indians, White Sox and Tigers until July 26, 1959. He played his last game in the Major Leagues, finishing his career with the White Sox. 

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