11. Larry Doby
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 13, 1923 in Camden, SC USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 05, 1947
  • Final Game: July 26, 1959
  • TSN All-Star - 1950
 
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A star with the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues, Larry Doby was the first African-American player in the American League when he debuted for the Cleveland Indians in 1947.

Doby was entrenched as the starting Centerfielder in 1948, where he batted .301 and helped the Indians win the World Series.  It was a good start that got better as Doby rattled off seven straight All-Star Games, and in every one of those years, he blasted at least 20 Home Runs.  In two of those seasons, Doby won the Home Run crown, both of which with 32 taters. Doby was also a patient hitter, leading the AL in OBP (.442) and OPS (.986) in 1950 and Slugging (.541) in 1952. 

After the 1955 season, he was traded to the White Sox but returned for one year in 1958 before Doby was on the move again.  As an Indian, Doby batted .286 with 215 Home Runs.   

Doby was elected to the Indians Hall of Fame in 1964 and the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1998.  His number 14 was also retired by Cleveland in 1994.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 7/2/47.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Chicago White Sox for Jim Busby and Chico Carrasquel 10/25/55.

    Acquired (2):  Traded from the Baltimore Orioles with Don Ferrarese for Bud Daley, Dick Williams, and Gene Woodling 4/1/58.

    Departed (2):  Traded to the Detroit Tigers for Tito Francona 3/21/59.

  • Games Played: 1,235
  • Notable Statistics:

    808 Runs Scored
    1,234 Hits
    190 Doubles
    45 Triples
    215 Home Runs
    776 RBI
    44 Stolen Bases
    .286/.389/.500 Slash Line
    43.2 bWAR  

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1948)
    All-Star (1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954 & 1955)
    Highest bWAR for a Position Player (1952)
    Highest Offensive bWAR (1950 & 1952)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1950)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1952)
    Highest OPS (1950)
    Most Runs Scored (1952)
    Most Home Runs (1952 & 1954)
    Most Runs Batted In (1954)
    Highest OPS+ (1950 & 1952)
    Most Hit By Pitch (1949)
    Highest Power-Speed # (1949 & 1950)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1950 & 1952)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Centerfielder (1950 & 1954)

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