07/06/2012 09:59 am ET

Larry Doby's Debut: AL Integration's 65th Anniversary

Larry Doby was no gimmick. As Swaine writes, he literally played the White Sox the day he signed, appearing as a pinch hitter on July 5, 1947, two days after Cleveland GM Bill Veeck and Newark Eagles owner Effa Manley negotiated his $15,000 purchase price. As John McMurray of SABR writes, Doby began playing for the Eagles when he was still in high school, and to hide his true age he played under an assumed name: Larry Walker. Seriously.

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