Major League Baseball was in the throes of integration during the 1948 season. Throughout the 1947 season, all eyes were on Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
After Robinson’s standout performance took the Dodgers to the World Series that year, many sportswriters and pundits predicted that there would be a flood of black players into the league.
This did not come to pass, as most white team owners and many white players continued to harbor racist beliefs and attitudes.
While not a flood, there was a trickle of black players entering the league. Although the vast majority of the attention in 1947 went to Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers, the Cleveland Indians also integrated their team that same year.
But while Robinson excelled in his first season with the Dodgers, Larry Doby struggled at the plate and didn’t get the playing time to prove himself adequately.
Despite being partially attributable to poor management, Doby’s disappointing performance provided fuel for racist detractors of baseball’s integration.Read More...