|Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Served in US Military
Larry Doby's fine all-around play puts him in the top ten percent of all-time centerfielders in baseball history. A Hall of Famer, he starred in the Negro Leagues and was brought up by Cleveland Indians' owner Bill Veeck in July of 1947.
Playing in the major leagues, Doby had five seasons with over 100 RBI's , three times he scored over 100 runs (3 other times over 90). He was a solid clutch hitter and helped the Indians win the 1948 pennant and the World Series over the Boston Braves. He also played a big part for the Indians as they won the 1954 AL Pennant.
Larry Doby powered 20 or more HR's in eight different seasons, and in 1950, he batted .326. Doby was an outstanding fielding centerfielder and a seven time All-Star.
He was traded to the White Sox in the 1956 and remained a popular player with the fans. In 1957 , his batting average fell to .268, but he still hit 24 HR's and drove in 102 runs. Doby played a year in Japan after his playing days were over in the states.
Larry Doby's major league stats: played 1533 games, batted .283, hit over 200 lifetime doubles and homers. baseballhistorian.com
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