Cooperstown Chronicles – Larry Doby

Jun 14, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Larry Doby, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1998.

Larry Doby with Jackie Robinson
Image courtesy of Icon SMI
The Numbers
Played 1947-1959 (13 Years)
1533 Games
5348 At Bats
.283 Batting Average
.386 On-Base % 
.490 Slugging %
1515 Hits
960 Runs
243 Doubles
52 Triples
253 HRs
970 RBI
871 Walks
47 SBs

Two .300 Seasons
Three 100 Run Seasons
Three 200 Hit Seasons
Five 100 RBI Seasons

World Series:  1 Ring, 9 of 38 (.237), 1 Run, 1 Double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 Walks

7 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 4 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average - Once
On-Base % - 6 Times (Led league in 1950)
Slugging % – 8 Times (Led league in 1952)
OPS – Nine Times (Led league in 1950)
Games - Once
At Bats - Once
Runs - 6 Times (Led league in 1952)
Doubles -  Twice
Triples – Twice
Home Runs – 7 Times (1952 & 1954)
Total Bases – 6 Times
Extra-base Hits – 6 Times
Walks - 7 Times
Stolen Bases – Twice
Hit by Pitch – 4 Times (Led league in 1949)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 18 (123) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 124 (147) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 29.2 (288) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 73.0 (243) (Likely HOFer > 100) 

Larry Doby’s overall numbers weren’t worthy of the Hall of Fame, but it goes beyond numbers with Larry.  He was the first African-American player in the American League helping break down the color barrier.  He played four years in the Negro Leagues, which kept his overall numbers from being greater.  The years he did play, however, Larry was clearly one of the best players in the game.  He was consistently one of the top sluggers.  Doby was also the second African-American manager when he skippered the White Sox in 1978.  Doby had to endure a lot of the same hardships that Jackie Robinson had to face, although he didn’t get as much attention since he came second.  It took a long time for Doby to be recognized for what he did, but it was better late than never.  Larry Doby truly deserves his spot in Cooperstown.

Past Chronicles

Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Mickey Lolich
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*

Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Maury Wills

* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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  1. Cooperstown Chronicles - Stan Coveleski :: Elites TV
    May 13th, 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    [...] David Cone Roger Connor* Larry Corcoran Mike Cuellar Bill Dahlen George Davis* Andre Dawson Larry Doby* Bobby Doerr* Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager) Dwight Evans Rick Ferrell* Wes Ferrell Chuck Finley [...]

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