On July 5, 1947, months after Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color line, Larry Doby made his debut for the Cleveland Indians. Doby was MLB’s second African-American player—and the American League’s first—but his story wasn’t as well-publicized as Robinson’s.
“The only difference was that Jackie Robinson got all the publicity,” Doby once recalled. “You didn’t hear much about what I was going through because the media didn’t want to repeat the same story.”
Though he didn’t rise to the same level of fame as Jackie Robinson, Doby was a true pioneer, helping pave the way for racial progress in the national pastime. Anyone remember watching him play?
Doby is one of four players who will be honored on the Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps to be issued July 20 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. A separate ceremony for the Larry Doby stamp will take place July 21 in Cleveland. Visit The Postal Store to pre-order stamps and philatelic products.
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