Post-Gazette Reviews Douglas Branson's Latest Book on Baseball’s Overlooked Barrier-Busting Larry Doby

Pitt Law Professor Douglas Branson's latest book, his 19th, takes on a different subject from the usual legal scholarship.

Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League explores the oft-overlooked Cleveland Indians career of Larry Doby, the first African American baseball player to break the American League's color barrier in 1947. It was an equally arduous and important undertaking to Jackie Robinson's breaking of Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1946. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gene Collier reviewed the book.

Collier noted, "Branson posits not only that Doby, the talented centerfielder on perhaps the best Indians team ever put together, was arguably the baseball equal of Robinson, but that Doby’s excruciating experiences breaking the American League’s color barrier were, if anything, even more daunting than those accompanying Robinson’s historic immersion in the other league."

Read more in Gene Collier: Pitt Law professor's book gives Doby his due in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Explore Greatness in the Shadows from the University of Nebraska Press.


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