Second in Command

Larry Doby

In 1942, the 17-year-old Paterson native played second base for the Negro League’s Newark Eagles. The second African-American to play major-league baseball, he signed with the Cleveland Indians three months after the Brooklyn Dodgers inked Jackie Robinson. Thirty-one years later, Doby became the second African-American manager in the bigs, taking over the Chicago White Sox. The longtime Montclair resident was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1998.

Click here to leave a comment
Read more Best Of Jersey articles.

By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly.

Required
Required not shown
Required not shown