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Doby was AL's first African-American player

Updated: June 26, 2003, 7:46 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- More than a half-century ago when Larry Doby signed his first major league contract, Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck made a prediction.

Baseball has lost a true pioneer in Larry Doby.

Our society likes to focus on who's first. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to break baseball's color line, with the National League's Dodgers. But Larry Doby was only 11 weeks behind Robinson -- and he was ...

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