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Tribe Has High Hopes, but Still Chasing Yankees and Red Sox as Season Starts

September 24, 2013 |

April 20,1948

When the Indians take the field this afternoon, the likely largest opening day crowd ever will see a team with many changes from the 1947 season. Even this morning, manager Lou Boudreau still is uncertain of his starting lineup.

The new look Cleveland Indians have 14 new members on the team from a season ago. The Indians will look to improve upon their 80-74 record from a year ago that landed them in fourth place in the American League, 25 games behind the World Series Champion New York Yankees. With rumor of Boudreau possibly being traded last offseason, the Indians have higher expectations than a mediocre finish.

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A New Role and New Position Greets Doby

September 23, 2013 |

April 19, 1948

If Larry Doby has not endured enough change in the last nine months, here is a little more.

Tomorrow, when the Indians open the season against the St. Louis Browns, Doby is expected to be in the starting lineup in right field, a position he has never played in the Major Leagues or the Negro Leagues. After breaking the American League color barrier last season, Doby is being expected to make a larger impact on this season’s Cleveland lineup.

When the Indians left for Spring Training, they had eight contenders for their three starting outfield spots. It was perceived that Doby was eighth on the list of the contenders to make the team. However, according to Indians manager Lou Boudreau, Doby made the team, “because he hustled the others right off the field.”

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A New Role and New Position Greets Doby

September 20, 2013 |

Today is the third preview story of the Did The Tribe Win Last Night 1948 project. The DTTWLN staff will begin the #48Replay on September 22 with daily posts and tweets as if the 1948 season were live action. We encourage our readers to enjoy the 1948 season all winter long, in addition to our regular Tribe coverage.

April 19, 1948

If Larry Doby has not endured enough change in the last nine months, here is a little more.

Tomorrow, when the Indians open the season against the St. Louis Browns, Doby is expected to be in the starting lineup in right field, a position he has never played in the Major Leagues or the Negro Leagues. After breaking the American League color barrier last season, Doby is being expected to make a larger impact on this season’s Cleveland lineup.

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14—The True Story of a Forgotten American Legend

September 11, 2013 | | One Comment

With the release of 42 this weekend in movie theaters across America, we should all be reminded of Cleveland’s own barrier breaker.  He’s the one who took the second step; the one who baseball history often seems to forget.  He’s the man who doesn’t get the credit that he deserves and is one of America’s true heroes. He is Larry Doby.

Doby is baseball’s version of Buzz Aldrin—the man who climbed down the ladder right after Neil Armstrong’s historic first walk on the moon.  Doby climbed down baseball’s color barrier ladder a mere six weeks after Jackie Robinson did, as he became the second black player in baseball history.  Outside of Cleveland, however, Doby is mostly a forgotten man.

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Larry Doby Faced a Tough Road on His way to the Indians All-Time Team

March 14, 2013 |

Larry Doby was no gimmick, he was the real deal. The seven times All-Star faced a long and hard road as the first black player in the American League. He is often overshadowed by Jackie Robinson, but Doby was only three months behind Robinson in his integration of Major League Baseball. Doby was the first to integrate the American League. He is among the Indians all-time leaders in home runs and RBI, and with his five-tool talents excelled to a Hall of Fame career.

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Eagle Avenue to be Renamed for Larry Doby on Friday

July 5, 2012 |

Sixty-five years ago, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black baseball player in the American League – and just the second overall, after Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball earlier that year.

Tomorrow, the Indians will pay tribute to Doby with a street renaming and appearances by those who knew him best.

Eagle Avenue between East Ninth and Ontario – by Progressive Field – will be renamed as Larry Doby Way after Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Prior to joining the Indians, Doby played for the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues.

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