1947 July 5

Larry Doby Integrates American League in Baseball


Larry Doby became the first African-American to play in the American League on this day when he took the field with the Cleveland Indians. Jackie Robinson is more famous for becoming the first African-American in all of major league baseball on April 15, 1947. Doby’s first game was played against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The next day, a Sunday, over 30,000 people attended the game, with an estimated 30 percent being African-American. Some African-American churches reportedly ended their services early so people could attend the game.

Learn more about Larry Doby at the Baseball Hall of Fame:

Read about Larry Doby: Chris Crowe, Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game (2012)

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