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Larry Doby from the Chronology
Jul 3, 1994 - The Indians retire Larry Doby's uniform number 47 years after he broke the AL color line.
Jun 23, 1962 - Larry Doby retired from the Cleveland Indians signs on with the Chunichi Dragons to become with Don Newcombe the first former ML players to play for a Japanese team. His season BA will be a mediocre .225.
Jul 11, 1958 - In New York Mantle and Larry Doby both propel shots in the 500-foot range to the RF upper deck as New York tops Cleveland 11-3.
Mar 31, 1958 - The Indians trade OF Gene Woodling the versatile Dick Williams and P Bud Daley to the Orioles for OF Larry Doby and LHP Don Ferrarese. For Doby Williams and Woofling it is their 2nd tour of duty with their new team.
Dec 3, 1957 - Al Lopez‚ who traded Larry Doby when he was managing‚ Cleveland‚ does it again in Chicago. The Orioles swap P Ray Moore‚ Billy Goodman‚ and OF Tito Francona to the White Sox for Doby‚ Ps Jack Harshman and Russ Heman‚ and INF Jim Marshall.
Sep 26, 1956 - Jim Lemon of the Senators sets a ML record for strikeouts by a batter in one season with 138. This surpasses Larry Doby's mark of 121 set in 1953. The Senators lose to the Red Sox 8-4.
Jul 29, 1956 - Larry Doby drives in 8 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the White Sox over Boston 11-2 and 6-3. Billy Pierce wins his ML-high 16th in the lidlifter when Doby drives in 5 runs with a pair of homers. Walt Dropo also drives in 5 runs. Reliever Paul LaPalme wins the nitecap.
May 21, 1956 - At Kansas City Mantle clouts a drive over the 2nd and more distance fence in RF to help the Yankees win 8-5. The drive off Moe Burtschy matches homers to that spot by Larry Doby and Suitcase Simpson.
Aug 13, 1955 - The Indians beat the A's 5-3 to stretch their lead in the AL to 2 games. Larry Doby makes his first error in the OF after 165 errorless games a new AL record.
May 29, 1955 - Larry Doby of the Indians hits the first ML HR over the outer wall in Kansas City an estimated 500-foot clout in the 6th. The Indians win 4-2 behind Herb Score who is replaced in the 9th after singles by C Wilmer Shantz and PH Slaughter. Wilmer's brother Bobby Shantz is the loser.
Aug 21, 1954 - The rampaging Indians top the Orioles 4-1 to move to 4 1/2 games in back of the Yankees. Larry Doby paces the Tribe with a bases loaded triple and has now driven in 100 runs. Pitcher Bob Lemon helps the cause by starting a triple play in the 4th inning after catching a line drive off the bat of Jim Fridley.
Aug 5, 1954 - In front of a Ladies Day crowd of 49483 in Cleveland New York beats the front runners 5-2 behind Bob Grim. Mantle starts the scoring with a 4th inning solo shot off Early Wynn then follows an 8th inning homer by Joe Collins by connecting on the next pitch with his 23rd homer of the year. Both are served up by Ray Narleski. Larry Doby's 2-run homer off Johnny Sain in the 8th is his 24th HR of the year putting him back in the AL lead. New York trails the Indians by 1 1/2 games.
Jul 24, 1954 - After Casey Stengel pulls Phil Rizzuto in the 8th for a pinch hitter he brings in Mickey Mantle again at SS. Mantle plays short with Willie Miranda at 2B against lefthanded hitters. Against righties Miranda and Mantle switch positions. But Cleveland wins 5-4 on Larry Doby's 2-run homer in the 10th his 3rd homer in 2 days at Yankee Stadium. Sam Dente fills in at SS for George Strickland sidelined with a broken jaw. The Tribe go 21?2 games up on New York.
Jul 13, 1954 - In the All-Star Game the AL breaks the NL's 4-game winning streak with an 11-9 win. Larry Doby's pinch HR in the 8th followed by Nellie Fox's 2-run single ends the highest scoring All-Star Game in history. The 2 teams combine for 31 hits with the AL amassing 17. The Indians Al Rosen has 2 HRs and 5 RBIs; a homer by Ray Boone follows his 3rd inning homer. Cincy stars Ted Kluszewski and Gus Bell also hit homers for the NL. Dean Stone is the winner despite throwing just 2 pitches and retiring no batters. He relieves Bob Keegan in the 8th with Red Schoendienst on third and Alvin Dark on first. With a one-and-one count on Snider Schoendienst tries to steal home and Dean's throw is in time to get Red. Schoendienst argues it's a balk. The AL scores 3 runs in the bottom of the inning and Virgil Trucks throws a scoreless 9th to make Stone a cold winner. Gene Conley is the loser.
Jul 6, 1954 - Before any batters are retired the Indians score 8 runs a ML record against the Orioles. They'll tally 3 more in the inning and win 11-3. Bill Glynn has a lead-off homer and single and Larry Doby a pair of hits in the frame. Early Wynn allows no hits through 7 innings before tiring but earns his 10th win.
Jul 4, 1954 - In a near no-hitter Indians Mike Garcia Ray Narleski and Early Wynn in a rare relief role shut down the White Sox 2-1 only allowing Minnie Minoso's 9th-inning single. Minnie's single off Wynn comes with 2 outs in the 9th and he is then caught stealing. Red hot Larry Doby drives in both runs.
Apr 21, 1954 - In the first night game at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium Bob Turley has a no-hitter against Cleveland when with one out in the 9th Al Rosen singles and Larry Doby homers. Turley strikes out 14 but loses 2-1.
Jul 15, 1952 - The Indian power hitters dazzle the Yankees with a triple steal in the first inning as Al Rosen scores Larry Doby goes to 3rd and Luke Easter in his only ML theft goes to 2nd. Early Wynn allows several late inning solo home runs including a tape measure shot by Mantle to deep right center but tops the Yankees 7-3.
Jul 1, 1952 - The Indians Larry Doby walks 5 times in a 19-inning 4-3 win at St. Louis. The Tribe answers the Browns score in the 19th with 2 runs but they loses SS Ray Boone when he suffers torn ligaments in his right knee covering 2nd base on a pickoff attempt. Brissie wins his first beating Paige (6-3) who walks 9 in 11 innings.
Sep 19, 1951 - Larry Doby of the Indians walks 5 times in a 15-2 cakewalk over the Red Sox in Boston. Early Wynn picks up his 20th win. Cleveland now returns home for with 5 of 6 games against Detroit; their record is 16-1 against the Tigers.
Jul 12, 1949 - The NL commits 5 errors allowing the AL to record an 11-7 triumph in the All-Star Game at Ebbets Field. The contest marks the first appearance of black players-Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe in the NL lineup and Larry Doby among the AL stars.
Oct 9, 1948 - Before a record WS 81897 the Indians take a 3-1 Series lead as Steve Gromek outpitches Johnny Sain. The first HR of the Series by Larry Doby is decisive. Merv Rickert also homers for the Braves.
Oct 2, 1948 - The Indians are sure of at least a tie by whitewashing Detroit 8-0 behind Gene Bearden now 19-6. It is Bearden's 2nd straight shutout and 6th straight victory. Larry Doby has 4 hits to lead the offense.
Sep 16, 1948 - Larry Doby's grand slam in the first enables Cleveland to beat Washington 6-3 and extends the capital crew's losing streak to 16 games. Doby extends his hit streak to 21 games.
Aug 13, 1948 - The promise of Satchel Paige on the mound brings 51013 to Comiskey Park to see "Ole Satch" pitch his first ML shutout as Cleveland wins 5-0. He gives up five hits to run his record to 5-1. In his 12 appearances Paige has attracted 201829 fans. Teammate Larry Doby has 2 hits and 2 stolen bases.
Aug 1, 1948 - At Cleveland the Tribe sweep a pair from the Red Sox 12-2 and 6-1 to move into 2nd place in the AL. Bob Lemon coasts to his 14th win in the opener beating Ellis Kinder. Larry Doby drives in 4 runs. Cleveland RF Edwards dislocates his shoulder crashing into the fence making a spectacular catch of Spence's HR bid. Sam Zoldak wins the nitecap. The Sox drop from 1st to 4th place with the double loss: Cleveland New York and Boston are each a game back of the A's.
May 8, 1948 - At Griffith Stadium Larry Doby pounds a 408-foot homer to CF which hits the loudspeakers 35 high to help the Indians top the Senators 6-1. Larry's ball bounces back onto the field and was initially declared in play. The 8th-inning three-run homer is the longest HR in the Stadium since Ruth's shot in 1922 and is the first of Doby's four career inside-the-park homers. World War 2 veteran Gene Bearden makes his first start allowing just three Nat hits. He walks 4 in the 9th inning to allow the lone run as Washington finally scores after three straight shutouts.
Jul 5, 1947 - Two days after his contract is purchased from Newark Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians becomes the first black to play in the AL. He strikes out as a pinch hitter as the Chicago White Sox edge the Indians 6-5. Tomorrow he will go 1-for-5 in his first full game at 1B.
Mar 1, 1947 - In anticipation of the signing of the first black players Bill Veeck a resident of Phoenix had set up a spring training camp there for the Cleveland Indians. Arizona was chosen because of its relatively tolerant racial climate. During the season Veeck will sign the first AL black player Larry Doby who will train at the Arizona camp. The Giants also set up camp in Arizona while the Dodgers moved their training camp from Florida to Havana.