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  1. Elston Howard. Nine-time all-star. One MVP.

    Comment by stretch — July 5, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  2. Doby managed in ’78 not ’48.

    Comment by stretch — July 5, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  3. Oops! Fixed both. Thanks.

    Comment by Alex Remington — July 5, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

  4. When I wrote, “the first African-American player in the American League and the second in all of baseball,” I was using the word “baseball” to mean the Major Leagues. Obviously, many black ballplayers were in the Negro Leagues, including Doby before July.

    Comment by Alex Remington — July 5, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  5. So they’re renaming a street named after his negro league team or a street that happens to be the same name as his negro league team but was not actually in honor of his team?

    Comment by TKDC — July 5, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  6. They’re taking a street that happened to have the name of his Negro League team, and now they’re naming it after him.

    Comment by Alex Remington — July 5, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

  7. I also understand that “in all of baeball” means the Major Leagues after the owners made a gentlemen’s agreement to ban all black players from professional baseball.

    Comment by The Ghost of Moses Fleetwood Walker — July 5, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  8. “Larry Doby was no gimmick. As Swaine writes, he literally played for the White Sox the day he signed, appearing as a pinch hitter on July 5, 1947, two days after Cleveland GM Bill Veeck and Newark Eagles owner Effa Manley negotiated his $15,000 purchase price.”

    I think you meant he played for the Indians, not the White Sox. Though they were playing against the White Sox that day, so maybe you meant to say he literally played against the White Sox the day he signed.

    Comment by JayT — July 5, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  9. No; Doby’s contract specified that he received $1.00 per game, plus a pair of white socks as a signing bonus. He LITERALLY played for the white socks the day he signed.

    Comment by Marver — July 5, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  10. Sigh. Sorry about that. Right you are.

    Comment by Alex Remington — July 5, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  11. It seems like the negro leagues functioned as certain foreign leagues do for the major leagues now (npb for example) with many of the same arguments about level of competition, even ballpark conditions and dimensions. I wonder what people predicted satchell paige would or wouldnt do against major leaguers vs. what people said prior to the season about yu darvish, although of course comparing a pitcher at age 26 and age 41 might lead to some inequitable comparisons.

    Comment by John Smith — July 5, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  12. “The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal. ” –Satchel Paige

    Comment by John Smith — July 5, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  13. There is an event today 11:30-1:30PM at the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland honoring Doby and the Negro Leagues. His son, daughters and Mudcat Grant will be there. Ike Brooks will give a retrospective on Doby’s life.

    Comment by StrikeThree — July 6, 2012 @ 6:14 am

  14. Thanks for the Larry Walker factoid especially.

    Comment by Detroit Michael — July 6, 2012 @ 10:27 am

  15. Picking a top talent from the Negro leagues would not have been very difficult since they were loaded with talent. Still, Doby & Robinson were far more than just great players, they were first class human beings… the perfect gentlemen to make America’s pastime truly for ALL Americans. Too bad it came so late for the likes of Josh Gibson & a younger Satchel Paige as well all those players and fans who had to suffer organized racism… forever an ugly blight on the game.

    Comment by algionfriddo — July 6, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  16. Know the article isn’t about Veeck, but he looms throughout though he’s not mentioned as the reintegrater of the Browns as their owner in ’51 & the man who hired Doby to manage in ’78.

    It’s also worth noting that the only teams to keep the Yankees from having won every AL pennant ’47-’64 are teams Veeck built with players other AL teams wouldn’t touch – ’48 & ’54 Indians & ’59 White Sox

    Comment by Cuban X Senators — July 7, 2012 @ 9:37 am

  17. This article doesn’t really convey what a great, smart player Doby was. He posted 11 straight seasons of over 125 OPS+. He was a walking machine. Check out his 1950 season when he led the league with a .442 OBS and .986 OPS. IN 1951, 551 plate appearances, 101 walks.

    Comment by rvalley — July 9, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

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