Meet Larry Doby’s Biggest Fan: His Son

The 2012 Major League Baseball stamps are on sale now at Post Offices across America and in the USPS online store. We recently caught up with Larry Doby Jr., whose father, Larry Doby, is one of the four players honored on the stamps.

To Larry Doby Jr., seeing his father’s image on a U.S. postage stamp is still surreal.

“It’s kind of overwhelming,” he said. “It’s not something that happens every day or to everybody.”

His dad, Larry Doby, is one of four players who appear on the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Stars issuance. His story may not be known by many baseball fans, but Doby was a pioneer. In the summer of 1947, mere months after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line, Doby became the American League’s first African-American player.

“Without a doubt, his contributions are part of the process that made it possible for others to come behind him,” Doby Jr. said.

The idea of appearing on a stamp pane with Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio—who were contemporaries—and Willie Stargell, would’ve pleased his father, who died in 2003. “He definitely respected all those guys,” Doby Jr. said. “He played against two of of them; coached against the other one. He would’ve been very honored.”

Growing up in New Jersey, Doby Jr. loved baseball but rarely heard about his father’s accomplishments. His dad, he says, was a humble man who cared far more about family than his glory days. “He was definitely reserved about it,” Doby Jr. says. “He was more about dealing with the present and the future, but as he got a little older, his tongue got a little looser.”

As he grew older, Doby Jr., who played baseball and football at Duke University, began to grasp the importance his father’s legacy. “I kind of figured it out,” he says. “He was fiercely proud of it. I was very quiet about it myself. That was the example he set. That was one of the qualities I inherit from him.”

In 1998, Larry Doby was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was an overdue but fitting honor.

“You kind of grew up your whole life never thinking it was going to happen,” says his son, who currently works for Madison Square Garden as a union stagehand. “You knew about all the special players in there. It was kind of surreal.”

Over the past few years, he’s enjoyed being part of the stamp creation process. The enormity of the situation didn’t really hit home, however, until he saw Kadir Nelson’s eye-catching painting for the stamp. Not until, he said, “you could actually see it. That was the next step to becoming a reality.”

Occasionally, when a stranger hears his name, Doby Jr. is asked if he’s related to the baseball player. He certainly doesn’t mind.

“It comes and it goes,” Doby Jr. said. “Sometimes it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it happens all the time. It’s definitely a nice thing when somebody wonders if you’re related. That’s just part of being number two.”

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Major League Baseball All-Stars First Day of Issue Ceremony a Home Run

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Major League Baseball All-Stars First Day of Issue ceremony on Friday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York! What better place to celebrate four great stars?

Photo credit: Daniel Afzal, U.S. Postal Service

Held during Hall of Fame Weekend, the event drew a great crowd and we had a blast honoring these baseball legends. Dedicating the stamps were (from left to right) Louis J. Giuliano, member, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors; Tony Gwynn, member, National Baseball Hall of Fame; Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General, CEO, U.S. Postal Service; Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Board, National Baseball Hall of Fame; and Brian Kenny, on-air personality, MLB Network.

The four players honored on these stamps—Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Joe DiMaggio—capture our imagination for their exploits. They symbolize the best of baseball and, in a way, the best of ourselves. Each of these Hall of Famers was a perennial All-Star selection and each left an indelible impression on the game.

We had a wonderful time in Cooperstown! We hope you’ll join us next time!

Our next event is the Innovative Choreographers First Day of Issue ceremony this Saturday, July 28, in Los Angeles, California. Will you be there?

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Major League Baseball All-Stars Knock it Out of the Park

Today’s the day! We are pleased to announce that the new Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps are now available nationwide!

The First Day of Issue ceremony for the set of four Forever® stamps honoring baseball greats Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Joe DiMaggio, and Willie Stargell, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Cooperstown, New York. We hope to see you there!

And don’t forget, DiMaggio, Doby, Stargell, and Williams fans: special dedication ceremonies will be held tomorrow, July 21, for each individual player in the city where he made it big.

The dedication of New York Yankee great Joe DiMaggio’s sheet of stamps will take place at the Bronx Post Office, 558 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

At 10:00 a.m., Cleveland Indian Larry Doby’s sheet of stamps will be dedicated at the Jerry Maloy Negro League Conference at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square (near Progressive Field, home of the Indians), Cleveland, Ohio.

Willie Stargell fans can watch the official dedication of the Pittsburgh Pitrate’s sheet of stamps before the 7:05 p.m. Pirates/Marlins game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams’s sheet of stamps will be officially dedicated before the 1:35 p.m. Red Sox/Blue Jays game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Will you be joining us as we celebrate some of the game’s best players?

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Major League Baseball All-Stars Hitting a Grand Slam Tomorrow

Reminder baseball fans: The Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps will be issued tomorrow! We can hardly wait!

The First Day of Issue ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. The event is free and open to the public. DiMaggio, Williams, Stargell, and Doby fans: We hope to see you there!

And make sure you check out all the great baseball-related philatelic products we have over on the Postal Store. Play ball!

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Four Baseball Legends Set to Hit Stamps Out of the Park

Don’t forget! The set of four Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps—honoring baseball greats Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Joe DiMaggio—will be issued just one week from today.

The First Day of Issue ceremony will take place in the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Brian Kenny of Major League Baseball Network will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe will officially dedicate the stamps. Honored guests will include Margaret Weller-Stargell, wife of Willie Stargell; Larry Doby Jr, son of Larry Doby; Claudia Williams, daughter of Ted Williams; and Kathie Stein, granddaughter of Joe DiMaggio.

You can pre-order your Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps, as well as all sorts of fun baseball-related products, online at the Postal Store.

Looking forward to seeing you in Cooperstown!

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