Larry Doby is selected by the Veterans Committee for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The first African-American player in the American League, Doby was an integral part of the Indians’ AL Pennant winning seasons of 1948 and 1954. He was a seven-time All-Star, receiving the honor in consecutive seasons from 1949 to 1955. He twice led the AL (1952, 1954) in home runs with 32 and his career-high mark of 126 RBI in 1954 led the Junior Circuit. He finished second in the running for the Most Valuable Player award that season, losing out to New York’s Yogi Berra.
After spending nine seasons in Cleveland, Doby was traded to the Chicago White Sox before being dealt back to Cleveland for the 1958 season. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers prior to the 1959 season, but was released after 18 games and re-signed by the White Sox, with whom he played 21 more games.
He finished a lifetime .283 hitter with 253 home runs in his 13-year career.