I must preface my comments to make sure everyone understands that my words are not intended to diminish what Jackie Robinson accomplished as he performed a monumental task and sacrifice to open the doors of baseball for people of color and other minorities, to future opportunities that should have been there in the first place for those people.
As a small boy, I was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers before Jackie arrived on the scene, and afterwards. I know that Eddie Stanky was the 2nd baseman before Jackie got there and Eddie played there in 1947. Did you?
I’ve written about this man before but the white establishment in baseball willl not give accolades due Larry Doby, who was the first black man to play in the American League, for the Cleveland ballclub, breaking the color barrier in that league.in late 1947. Did Jackie make it easier for him? Hell no, because everything that Jackie went through, what he was called, for he was thrown at, spit upon, threatened and cursed, too. He could not stay at the downtown holel when he played in St. Louis, and was berated in most northern cities, like Boston.
We need to give Larry some love, too… without demeaning Jackie….Come on Major League Baseball, The American League and city of Cleveland. Give Larry his due, C’mon!!