The back of this Legends card has the following historical entry: "Larry Doby was the first black player in the American League. His best seasons were 1952, when he led the American League in home runs, runs scored, and slugging percentage; and in 1954, when he led in homers and runs batted in and finished second in the AL MVP balloting."
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Did you know that Bill Veeck, who owned the Cleveland Indians, paid $20,000 for Larry Doby's contract in 1947? When Doby succeeded in the big leagues, Veeck paid the Newark Eagles another $20,000 to seal the deal.
Imagine for a moment what that first day must have been like for Larry Doby. He once made a brief comment about that day saying, "Very tough. I'd never faced any circumstances like that. Teammates were lined up and some would greet you and some wouldn't. You could deal with it, but it was hard."