Baseball, The RiverDogs & the Life of Larry Doby & Documentary

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Baseball, The RiverDogs and the Life of Larry Doby - book and Thematic unit for teachers, includes DVD documentary.

Interview with Mike Veeck, President of the RiverDogs, plus:  HOT STOVE, Baseball general information, Cleveland Indians Unveiling of the Larry Doby Statue, THE JOE, and lots of colorful pictures and resource links.  Lesson Plan - detail follows below:

 

                                                                                   Thematic Unit:

                          Examining the role of media and its impact on the Civil Rights Movement

                                                by researching and studying the life of Larry Doby

 

Baseball player Larry Doby was the second African American player in the major leagues, first in the American League, when he joined the Cleveland Indians in 1947.  While Jack Robinson was receiving all the media attention, Larry Doby quietly persevered and on the same day he was signed by Bill Veeck, owner of the Cleveland Indians, he played in his first Major League game. 

In October of 1948, he was the first African American player to hit a home run that won the World Series for the Cleveland Indians.   Doby and Steve Grommet (white) appeared in a photograph hugging on the front page of the Plains Dealer following this win.  That photograph, while it did not win the Pulitzer that year, it did create quite a sensation, as segregation was an accepted practice.  

Doby is an important person to study and learn more about because he helped to break the Color Line in Baseball, often facing adversity by players on his own team, fans, and society in general.  He was called the #2 behind Robinson.

Doby persevered with skill, humbleness and grace on the field. Eventually, he endeared himself to his teammates and fans and became a legend. He was a family man, a WWII Veteran having, served in the US Navy and a great role model showing how determination and pride in oneself can be developed in spite of adversity. Because of who he was and his many achievements,  streets and ball fields have been named after him.  On July 25, 2015, the Cleveland Indians erected a statue of Doby swinging the bat.

In 1997, a 50th Anniversary of the integration of the African American Player into the major leagues Baseball was celebrated.  Following this, the New York Times ran an article about Doby’s life and career and being #2.

In 1998, Doby was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  At this event, Baseball players from around the world lined up to thank him for his courage and opening the door for them to just play ball.

 

Unit Objective:  To examine the role of media and its impact on the Civil Rights Movement by researching and studying the life of Larry Doby.


 

Baseball, The RiverDogs & the Life of Larry Doby  & Documentary
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