Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 4/14/13
Theyve retired the number 42 from baseball, and rightfully so because it was the number worn by Jackie Robinson, the first African American permitted to play major league baseball. So why havent they retired the number 14 worn by a famous baseball player who made his name in Ohio? And, no, it isnt Pete Rose. It was worn by Cleveland Indians outfielder Larry Doby, a man who had the misfortune to be the second African American permitted to join the white fraternity of major league baseball players, as far as recognition goes. And Doby easily could have been the first if Branch Rickey, the man who signed Jackie Robinson, had just looked out the window of his Ebbets Field office. Doby was once on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, playing basketball. And at age 17 he was playing second base for the Newark Eagles in the Negro National League before he received a military draft notice. But Rickey signed Robinson in 1946 and brought him up to the Brooklyn Dodgers early in 1947....
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