Thursday, July 05, 2007

Seventy Years Ago Today / One Cup of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup question: A little sports trivia for today’s One Cup question. You know Jackie Robinson was the first black player in baseball’s modern era, breaking the color barrier early in 1947 with the National League’s Brooklyn Dodgers. It was on this date in 1947, 70 years ago today, that the American League color barrier was broken by the second black player in baseball’s modern era. Your One Cup question this morning asks you to name this second player, the first black player in the American League, who made his debut 70 years ago today with the Cleveland Indians and well elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1998.

Answer: Larry Doby

Bonus Blog Trivia: Doby was also baseball's second black manager, after Frank Robinson, and the third American player of any race to play in Japan.

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