Pride Against Prejudice: The Biography of Larry Doby

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ABC-CLIO, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 195 pages
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Aware of Mr. Doby's neglect by biographers, Mr. Moore, who has been a fan of his subject ever since he heard the Doby legend, seeks to give him recognition. . . . Mr. Moore effectively uses records, interviews, and a clear narrative style to make his points (what is more persuasive in sports than an athlete's record! what is more animated than public statements and their refutations!), and gives voice to some of Mr. Doby's severest critics.... "Pride Against Prejudice" is a tribute to both its author and Larry Doby

"New York Times Book Review"

This is an excellent biography of Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League and one of the first black managers in the major leagues. . . . Moore has done a superb job of researching Doby's life and writing about it. The book is highly recommended. "The Sporting News"

As the second black major league baseball player, following Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby has never received the acclaim accorded to Robinson; yet his experiences of segregation and racial invective, and his courage and ability to excel in the face of almost overwhelming circumstances, were equivalent. This fascinating biography brings to light many interesting and little-known facts concerning Doby's life and baseball career, and his contribution as a civil rights pioneer in the American League. His story is perceived as the story of the many black men who followed him into major league baseball, and who shared importantly in pioneering the integration of the sport.

 

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Contents

1 The Photograph of 1948
1
2 Black Bottom
5
3 The North Star
13
4 The End of Innocence
19
5 From MogMog to Newark
29
6 Pioneer
39
Illustrations following page 65
66
7 The Most Significant Player in the League
67
10 Gaijin
123
11 Another Robinson
131
12 Veeck Again
147
13 Major League Manager
155
14 Pride Against Prejudice
167
Larry Dobys Career Statistics
179
Bibliographical Notes
183
Index
187

8 Prime Time
87
9 A Load Off My Back
109

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About the author (1988)

JOSEPH THOMAS MOORE is Professor of History at Montclair State College in New Jersey.

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