Cleveland Indians Larry Doby hits a single at the Polo Grounds in New York in this Sept. 1954 file photo. In 1947, the year that changed baseball forever, Doby broke the color barrier in the American League when he pinch-hit for the Indians against the Chicago white Sox at Comiskey Park. It was 11 weeks after Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby was brushed back, heckled and spit on just like Robinson, yet he never attained the same status as sports pioneer and civil rights hero.
Cleveland Indians Larry Doby hits a single at the Polo Grounds in New York in this Sept. 1954 file photo. In 1947, the year that changed baseball forever, Doby broke the color barrier in the American League when he pinch-hit for the Indians against the Chicago white Sox at Comiskey Park. It was 11 weeks after Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby was brushed back, heckled and spit on just like Robinson, yet he never attained the same status as sports pioneer and civil rights hero. File photo/AP
Cleveland Indians Larry Doby hits a single at the Polo Grounds in New York in this Sept. 1954 file photo. In 1947, the year that changed baseball forever, Doby broke the color barrier in the American League when he pinch-hit for the Indians against the Chicago white Sox at Comiskey Park. It was 11 weeks after Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby was brushed back, heckled and spit on just like Robinson, yet he never attained the same status as sports pioneer and civil rights hero. File photo/AP

The State @125: Baseball’s Larry Doby made hometown Camden proud

January 08, 2016 06:00 AM