Did The Tribe Win has returned to the previous point in its countdown, as baseball went on pause two weeks away from the original start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. Summer Camp is in full session, with intrasquad workouts underway and the team just two weeks away from its season opener on July 24 against Kansas City. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 14 days
To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.
The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform.
Despite having to patch together their pitching staff after a quick exit from starter Mike Garcia, the Cleveland Indians come just one out away from their first combined no-hitter as they hold off the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, in front of a holiday crowd of 26,842 at Cleveland Stadium.
In remembrance of the anniversary of the passing of Larry Doby, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back on one of the better overall games that the Hall of Famer played while wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform. Doby died June 18, 2003, at the age of 79.
Larry Doby accomplished far more on the baseball diamond than he gets credit for. He does not receive enough recognition for being the first player to break the color barrier in the American League, doing so just months after Jackie Robinson became the first in Major League Baseball when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Doby’s numbers on the field were not appreciated by Hall voters initially, as his path to Cooperstown required additional consideration well after his playing days were over. Even Doby’s managerial stint was short-lived and overshadowed as Cleveland’s Frank Robinson beat him to the title of first African-American manager in MLB history by three and a half years.