"D" is for Doby, Lawrence Edward [1923-2003]. Baseball Player. Larry Doby was the first African American to play baseball in the American League and the second African American to manage a major league team. He was born in Camden but moved with his family to New Jersey in 1938. He played four seasons with the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues. In 1947, he was signed by the Cleveland Indians. In his thirteen-year career, he batted .238, with 253 home runs, and 969 runs batted in. He was a seven-time All-Star, and led the American League in home runs in 1952 and 1954.