Larry Doby, the first black player in the American
League, died on June 18, 2003 in Montclair, N.J. after a long illness. He was
Doby, a seven-time All-Star, hit .283 with 253 home runs and 969 RBI in his
13-year career in the major leagues. He joined the Cleveland Indians on July 5,
1947, 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier with the
Doby played in just 29 games that first season and collected 5 hits in 32
at-bats. The next season, he began to make his mark, hitting .301 with 14 home
runs and 66 RBIs.
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Gibson Jr., former player,
son of Hall of Famer, dies
Josh Gibson Jr., a former Negro League player and the son of
Hall of Famer Josh Gibson, died on Sept. 10, 2003 in Pittsburgh, Penn. He
Gibson Jr. became interested in baseball after watching his
father, a legendary Negro Leagues catcher with the Pittsburgh Crawfords and
Homestead Grays. Gibson Jr. served as a batboy for the Pittsburgh team.
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of Robinson & Doby
integrated baseball in 1947 when he stepped on the field for the Brooklyn
Dodgers. Larry Doby was the first black player to appear in the American League.
However, it would take until 1959 for all of the other 15 teams in
the league to follow suit. For a list of the first black players by franchise, Click here.
Rogan got late
start, still made
Hall of Fame
Bullet Joe Rogan spent the first 10 years of his
career pitching and playing for teams in the Philippines, Hawaii and Arizona
while he was in the Army.
wasn't until he was 30 that, the player who had been discovered by Casey
Stengel, made his debut with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues
in 1920. He led the league in wins in 1924 and 1925.
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Joe Rogan, click here