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.
Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT
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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.
For the 21st time ever, the best of the American and National Leagues met on the diamond for the annual Midsummer Classic and for the second time, the event headed to Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 1954.
The ’54 season had all the makings of being a special year for the Indians and it only seemed fitting that the top club in the American League (Cleveland held a half-game lead over New York with one fewer loss at the break) had the opportunity to host the event for the first time since 1935, when a then-record 69,812 filled the seats along the shores of Lake Erie. It was a star-studded event as All-Star Games tend to be, with 17 of the 55 players and three of six managers/coaches on the collective rosters eventually taking up residence in Cooperstown.