|All star : how Larry Doby smashed the color barrier in baseball|
Author: Vernick, Audrey
The remarkable story of Larry Doby, the first Black baseball player in the American League.
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/21)
The Hornbook (00/03/22)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2022 Born in 1923, Larry Doby grew up loving sports. While still in high school, he played baseball professionally for the Newark Eagles, a Negro League team. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, playing for the Dodgers. Joining the Cleveland Indians, Doby became the second Black player in Major League Baseball and the first in the American League. Acknowledging Robinson’s achievements, Vernick points out that while Doby took the field 11 weeks after Robinson, they both endured intense racist hostility from sports fans, rival players, and even teammates. In addition, both were turned away from certain hotels and restaurants on the road. Spotlighting Doby’s game-winning home run that ended the 1948 World Series and a famous postgame photo, the narrative focuses on his ability to achieve his dreams through hard work and endurance. Biographical details appear in the back matter. Chapman’s digital illustrations feature fine-lined and expressive artwork, interesting textures, and an appealing depiction of Doby growing from an athletic boy to a man who helped pave the way for other Black baseball players. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.