MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HALL of FAME
Jackie Robinson made headlines when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. Three months later, Larry Doby became the second African American to sign a contract in the league when the Cleveland Indians. He was the first player to jump from the Negro Leagues to the majors and along with teammate Satchel Paige, they were the first black players on a World series championship team in 1948. They were members of the Cleveland Indians that overcame the Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3.
…once led the major leagues in stolen bases …Major League Baseball named the annual Base Steals Award after him.
Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals
Florida A&M University
…All-Star was one of the top players in NCAA II baseball …National League MVP & Rookie of the Year. He was only the second player in baseball history to reach 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases
Drafted by the Montreal Expos
Virginia Union University
…a star infielder for the Newark Eagles, the power-hitting center fielder was the second Black player drafted into the Major Leagues (behind Jackie Robinson) He became the Second Black manager of a major league team.
Drafted by the Cleveland Indians
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1998
Lincoln University, PA
One of the first black players to be signed by Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby. He played with the Newark Eagles (1938–42, 46-48), New York Giants (1949–55), and Chicago Cubs (1956)…help the Giants advance to the World Series in 1951 and finished third in the National League Most Valuable Player voting.
Drafted by the New York Giants
Irvin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.