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He tagged a runner out at second base for the second out of the ninth inning of the seventh game, and he caught a popup for the final out of the series. The Cleveland team quietly purchased Doby’s contract and brought him to Cleveland.
A scoop by local writer Bob Whiting forced the team to move up Doby’s first game from July 10, which was the original intention, to July 5.37 Teammates, however, did not immediately welcome Doby, averting their eyes and not speaking to him as he made his entry to the clubhouse at Comiskey Park to meet with player-manager Lou Boudreau.38 “Shrug it off,” Boudreau reportedly said.39 Still, Doby in 2002 recalled, “I knew it was segregated times, but I had never seen anything like that in athletics. It was tough.” As Bill White later noted, Doby had to go to the Chicago clubhouse to get a first baseman’s glove since none of his Cleveland teammates offered him one.40 Pinch-hitting for Bryan Stephens against Earl Harrist of the White Sox, Doby struck out in his first major-league at-bat.
“I had to take it,” Doby said, “but I fought back by hitting the ball as far as I could.
That was my answer.”2 Lawrence Eugene Doby was born on December 13, 1923, in Camden, South Carolina.
After their military service was done, “[Vernon] sent me a gift of some bats when I started the 1946 season with the [Newark] Eagles,” Doby recalled.29 “It was a gift I’ll never forget.”30 In 1945, general manager Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson to a contract to play baseball in Montreal.
The move made Doby reconsider his options, as playing baseball in the major leagues now seemed a possibility.
The Eagles went on to win the Negro Leagues World Series in 1946. Veeck, who had long been eager to racially integrate the American League, hatched a plan for Doby to join Cleveland right after the 1947 All-Star break.
Doby batted .272 with one home run in that series against the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League. Doby had played the first half of the season with the Eagles, and he had hit a home run in his final Newark at-bat.
The mandated racial segregation of the military at the time left a deep impression on him.24 He was assigned to Camp Robert Smalls, the black division of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, outside Chicago.25 Due in large part to his outstanding physical condition, Doby was able to become a physical education instructor there.26 He kept his baseball and basketball skills sharp by playing in the afternoons.
Doby got to know future NFL Hall of Famer Marion Motley while on his tour of duty.27 Later, while stationed in the Pacific, Doby began what became a lifelong friendship with Washington Senators star Mickey Vernon.28 Vernon wrote to Senators owner Clark Griffith, touting Doby’s playing abilities.
Part of his motivation was to play for renowned basketball coach Clair Bee.