Larry Doby

Larry Doby autograph
Birthdate 12/13/1924
Death Date 6/18/2003
Debut Year 1947
Year of Induction 1998
Teams Indians, Tigers, White Sox
Position Center Field

Seven-time All Star Larry Doby broke the American League’s color barrier when he debuted for the Cleveland Indians on June 5, 1947.

In the collection:

Letter from Larry Doby to fellow HoFer Reggie Jackson

Letter from Larry Doby to fellow HoFer Reggie Jackson

An endorsement from Reggie Jackson is what fellow Hall of Famer Larry Doby was asking for in this letter dated January 11, 1993. Doby writes to Mr. October asking Reggie to peruse The Rules of Baseball by David Nemec and add comments that can be used on the back cover of the book or in marketing m
Document assigning Doby's contract to Triple-A after MLB career

Document assigning Doby's contract to Triple-A after MLB career

Larry Doby played his last Major League game on July 26, 1959 in Chicago against the Orioles. In his last at bat, he struck out against future 209-game winner Milt Pappas in an 8th inning appearance as a pinch hitter. Soon afterward, Doby was sent to the Triple-A San Diego Padres. In the collection
Document signaling the release of Larry Doby from Triple-A

Document signaling the release of Larry Doby from Triple-A

Four days after Doby was officially optioned to Triple-A, the Padres released him. This document signals that release, is dated August 24, 1959 and addressed to Harold Tenney. Doby would never again play professional baseball in America. He would, however play for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan in 19
Doby's outright release from the White Sox organization on Opening Day, 1959

Doby's outright release from the White Sox organization on Opening Day, 1959

After spending time in the minors in 1959, Doby worked out with the Chisox during Spring Training of 1960 but did not earn a roster spot. When Chicago broke camp and opened their season at Comiskey Park against the Kansas City Athletics, they also gave Doby his outright release. This document, dated

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