By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Second to none
Fiercely private and a family man first, Larry Doby blazed a trail on and off the baseball diamond
Doby Jr.
LARRY DOBY JR. NEVER heard his father talk of the struggles which he encountered in baseball. Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Camden native’s breaking the color barrier in the American League with the Cleveland Indians. (Photo courtesy of Mryna Suarez)
(Editor’s note: Today marks the 75th anniversary of Camden native Larry Doby breaking the American League’s color barrier when he made his debut for the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1947. In his first at-bat, the former Negro League star with the Newark Eagles pinch-hit for pitcher Bryan Stephens and struck out. In 1998, Doby was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.