(Cleveland) — Cleveland Indians and National Baseball Hall of Famer Larry Doby will be inducted in to the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.
The Hall of Fame, as chosen by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and induction ceremony on Oct. 3 serve to recognize the significant contributions of those who pushed for civil rights progress in Ohio.
“The Cleveland Indians organization is very proud of Larry Doby’s legacy,” said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio. “Mr. Doby, a symbol of equality and freedom of opportunity, stood with grace, dignity and a competitive spirit that resonated throughout Ohio and across America.”
Doby, who played for the Indians from 1947-1955, was the first African-American to play in the American League, on July 5, 1947. He was the first player to go directly to the majors from the Negro Leagues. He was named to seven consecutive All-Star teams, and he and teammate Satchel Paige were the first African-Americans to win a World Series when the Indians won in 1948.
Doby was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
(Lee McPhail, Don Sutton and Larry Doby hold their plaques after their induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Cooperstown, NY, in 1998. HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images.)
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