This date in 1947 marks Larry Doby\'s debut in Major League Baseball. On July 4, 1947, Doby played in his final Negro League game with the Newark Eagles, hitting a home run in the first game of a doubleheader. Following the game, Doby hopped on a train for Chicago to join his new team: the Cleveland Indians. He had one at-bat as a pinch-hitter in Chicago and struck out. No surprise there--he had traveled all night after playing two games, had just signed his contract that morning, and was about to make history before a not-entirely-friendly audience of thousands--not exactly easy circumstances to play in your first Major League game!!
So think about our friend and hometown favorite Larry Doby and share his story with a friend today. And remember, if it wasn\'t for that fateful day at Hinchliffe Stadium in May of 1942 when he was signed by the Eagles, we wouldn\'t be telling this story now. Larry Doby: #14 in the scorecard, #1 in our hearts.
Below are two interesting articles on Doby. www.snopes.com/sports/baseball/doby.asp http://www.thediamondangle.com/archive/june03/dobydebut.html