Timeline: The integration of Major League Baseball

Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here's a chronological look at when baseball's other teams integrated.

Larry Doby

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Cleveland Indians

Larry Doby

Almost three months after Jackie Robinson opened the door, Larry Doby stepped through it, as well. Doby debuted as a pinch hitter, striking out in his lone plate appearance during a 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on July 5, 1947. He went just 5-for-32 during his first season, before coming into his own in 1948. Doby batted .301 as Cleveland went on to win a World Series. Doby's home run during Game 4 made him the first black player to homer in the World Series. A seven-time All-Star, the centerfielder finished second in MVP voting in 1954, when he led the league with 32 home runs (tying a career high) and 126 RBIs. After spending the 1956 and '57 seasons with the White Sox, Doby returned to Cleveland for the 1958 season, then played his last major-league game with the White Sox in 1959. He finished with a .283 batting average, 253 home runs and 970 RBIs. Doby went on to play in Japan before returning to the states to coach in the majors. When he became the manager of the White Sox during the 1978 season, he became the second black manager in the majors.

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