With no disrespect to Jackie Robinson, we should all be reminded of Cleveland’s own barrier breaker. He’s the one who took the second step; the one who baseball history often seems to forget. He’s the man who doesn’t get the credit that he deserves and is one of America’s true heroes. He is Larry Doby.
Doby is baseball’s version of Buzz Aldrin—the man who climbed down the ladder right after Neil Armstrong’s historic first walk on the moon. Doby climbed down baseball’s color barrier ladder a mere six weeks after Jackie Robinson did, as he became the second black player in baseball history. Outside of Cleveland, however, Doby is mostly a forgotten man.
Besides having movies made about him, Robinson was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1962 and his number was retired throughout the Major Leagues in 1997; the only ballplayer to ever receive this honor. Since 2004, April 15 will forever be known as Jackie Robinson Day. It is a day when baseball players across the league don #42 on thei