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Larry Doby

Posted: April 20, 2017 1:11 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2017 1:00 a.m.

We are very pleased to see Congress introduce legislation to honor the life, career and legacy of Kershaw County native Larry Doby with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Doby’s contributions to Major League Baseball as well as his contributions to the civil rights movement are prodigious and absolutely worthy of honor and remembrance.

Doby, the only Major League Baseball Hall of Famer from Kershaw County, was the first African American baseball player to play in the American League and the second to play in the major leagues. History may remember Jackie Robinson as the man who broke MLB’s color barrier, but Doby, who followed Robinson just a couple of months later into the major leagues, effectively integrated all of baseball. In his 13-year career in the majors, he would play in 1,533 games with a lifetime batting average of .283, 253 home runs and 970 runs batted in. It was Doby who would become the first African American to hit a home run in a World Series; one of two he would play in during his career. Indeed, it was Doby who would lead the Cleveland Indians to the 1948 World Series championship. Doby would later become the second African American to coach a major league team when he became the manager of the Chicago White Sox in 1978.

Doby was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2013.

Doby was born in Camden in 1923 but moved to Paterson, N.J. in 1938, yet throughout his life he never let people forget where he was originally from.

 “I’m from a little town in South Carolina called Camden,” he told the crowd at his 1998 induction to the MLB Hall of Fame.

Indeed, this little town and county in South Carolina is very proud to be associated with a man of Doby’s stature, character and accomplishment and we trust Congress will do the right thing and follow through with this richly deserved accolade.

 

 

 

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