Friday, April 16, 2010
Off Topic: Where is The Love for Larry Doby?
Yesterday marked the celebration throughout Major League Baseball of the accomplishments of Jackie Robinson. While very honorable to honor Robinson; the name Larry Doby is overlooked by people today. For those who don't know (I didn't until recently,) Doby was the first American League player to break the color barrier when he was called up by the Cleveland Indians in 1947, the same season as Robinson. We all know that Jackie Robinson had to be brave to endure the overt bigotry that he did, but you'd be a fool to think that Larry Doby didn't face the same exact thing. It's not as if Doby was a bad player either, he made seven all-star games in the outfield (competing with the likes of Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Al Kaline) and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1998. Perhaps the biggest culprit for his lack of recognition is the fact that he was not as much of an activist as Robinson was and died three decades after Robinson. So next year when the MLB is honoring Jackie Robinson try to be mindful that he was the first black hall of famer to begin his career that season but by no stretch was he the last.