Larry Doby

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A hard-hitting second baseman, Larry Doby starred for the 1946 champion Newark Eagles, played in the All Star game, and finished the season with a .341 average and only 1 home run behind the league leaders, Josh Gibson and Johnny Davis.

The following year, the fastball hitter went straight to the major leagues from the Negro Leagues, leaving behind a .414 batting average, and played a handful of games as an infielder for the Cleveland Indians. In 1948 he switched to the outfield and won a starting position, hitting .301 for the pennant-winning Indians and .318 in their World Series victory over the Braves.


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