Further notes on Larry Doby vs. Jackie Robinson (both great players, trail blazers and worthy of HOF):
Robinson was the first AA player in the majors, Doby started the same year, 6 weeks later and was the first AA in the American League
Robinson lead the league in key offensive categories 3 times (1 BA, 1 OBP, 1 SB), Doby led his league 7 times (2 HR, 1 RBI, 1 OBP, 1 Slugging, 1 OPS, 1 Runs)
Robinson lifetime stats .311 BA/137 HR/734 RBI/1518 H/.883 OPS/oWAR 52, Doby .283 BA/253 HR/871 RBI/1515 H/.876 OPS/oWAR 46
Robinson won 1 MVP, Doby was second in MVP voting once
Robinsom won Rookie of the Year in 1947 with .297 A/12 HR/870 OPS, Doby was not a regular in 1947 but his first full year as a regular was 1948 .301 A/14 HR/873 OPS
Robinson was the first AA to play in a WS (1947), Doby was the first AA to be on a WS winning team and the first to hit a WS HR (1948)
Robinson was the first AA Baseball announcer on TV, Doby was the second AA manager in MLB (White Sox)
Robinson was elected to the HOF in his first season of eligibility/has his number retired by every team in MLB/was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Doby waited 25 years after his first year of eligibilty and has his number retired by only the Clevelend Indians...WTF?
The Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Bill Livingston wrote, "The Larry Doby way of pioneering was the same as the Jackie Robinson way in the National League, only Doby's debut occurred six short weeks later and with almost no advance preparation by Doby or the Indians..[it was like being] the second man to invent the telephone."
My next HOF rant will be on the single season HR record holder, Roger Maris...