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Camdens Larry Doby changed the face of the American League 70 years ago
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AMONG THE MANY CHANGES Camdens Larry Doby had to make once leaving the Newark Eagles to play for the Cleveland Indians was going from shortstop in the Negro League to playing in the the outfield with Cleveland. - photo by Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Indians
(Editor’s note: Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of Camden native Larry Doby’s breaking the American League’s color barrier when he played his first game as a member of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, July 5, 1947.) Weekend afternoon doubleheaders were once staples in baseball during an era which the sport’s purists still refer to as the “golden age” of the game. When the schedule for the 1947 American League season was released, hardly an eye was batted as the Cleveland Indians were slated to play a twinbill against the host Chicago White Sox in Comiskey Park the day after the Fourth of July. Not only were Saturday and Sunday double dips welcomed, they were somewhat expected by those who paid one price to attend two games played on the same day.