Indians Press Release
Indians Hall of Famer, Civil Rights pioneer Larry Doby to be inducted into Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame
First African-American to play in American League will be honored in Oct. 3 ceremony at Ohio Statehouse
Cleveland Indians and National Baseball Hall of Famer Larry Doby will be inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.
The Hall of Fame, as chosen by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and induction ceremony on Oct. 3 serve to recognize the significant contributions of those who pushed for civil rights progress in Ohio.
"The Cleveland Indians organization is very proud of Larry Doby's legacy," said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio. "Mr. Doby, a symbol of equality and freedom of opportunity, stood with grace, dignity and a competitive spirit that resonated throughout Ohio and across America."
Doby, who played for the Indians from 1947-1955, was the first African-American to play in the American League, on July 5, 1947. He was the first player to go directly to the majors from the Negro Leagues. He was named to seven consecutive All-Star teams, and he and teammate Satchel Paige were the first African-Americans to win a World Series when the Indians won in 1948.
He was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
Induction into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame is a distinct honor reserved for those among us that exhibit an exceptional and lasting impact on civil rights," said G. Michael Payton, Executive Director of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. "Lawrence 'Larry' Eugene Doby is one such individual. Through his actions and words, Larry Doby demonstrated exemplary leadership and service, advocated for equality, and performed extraordinary acts aimed at eliminating barriers to equality in Ohio."