Historic Baseball

Historic Baseball

Bringing Baseball History To Center Field

Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947, and it took until July 21, 1959 for the 15 other teams in baseball to integrate. The following list represents teams and the first black player to appear in a game for the franchise.
 

Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, died on June 18, 2003 in Montclair, N.J. after a long illness. He was 79.Doby, a seven-time All-Star, hit .283 with 253 home runs and 969 RBI in his 13-year career in the major leagues. He joined the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1947, 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.Doby played in just 29 games that first season and collected 5 hits in 32 at-bats. The next season, he began to make his mark, hitting .301 with 14 home runs and 66 RBIs.For more on Larry Doby,¬†Click HereGibson Jr., former player,
son of Hall of Famer, diesJosh Gibson Jr., a former Negro League player and the son of Hall of Famer Josh Gibson, died on Sept. 10, 2003 in Pittsburgh, Penn. He was 73.Gibson Jr. became interested in baseball after watching his father, a legendary Negro Leagues catcher with the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays. Gibson Jr. served as a batboy for the Pittsburgh team.Click here for moreFollowing in footsteps
of Robinson & DobyJackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947 when he stepped on the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Larry Doby was the first black player to appear in the American League.However, it would take until 1959 for all of the other 15 teams in the league to follow suit. For a list of the first black players by franchise, Click here.
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Hall of FameBullet Joe Rogan spent the first 10 years of his career pitching and playing for teams in the Philippines, Hawaii and Arizona while he was in the Army.It wasn’t until he was 30 that, the player who had been discovered by Casey Stengel, made his debut with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues in 1920. He led the league in wins in 1924 and 1925.For more on Joe Rogan, click here
TeamPlayerDebut
BrooklynJackie Robinson4/15/1947
ClevelandLarry Doby7/5/1947
St. Louis ALHank Thompson7/17/1947
New York NLHank Thompson1949*
Boston NLSam Jethroe4/18/1950
Chicago ALMinnie Minoso1951*
Philadelphia ALBob Trice9/13/1953
Chicago NLErnie Banks9/17/1953
PittsburghCurt Roberts4/13/1954
St. Louis NLTom Alston4/13/1954
CincinnatiNino Escalera4/17/1954
WashingtonCarlos Paula9/6/1954
New York ALElston Howard4/14/1955
Philadelphia NLJohn Kennedy4/22/1957
DetroitOzzie Virgil1958*
Boston ALPumpsie Green7/21/1959

* Player made his MLB debut with another team