"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, led the American League in home runs in 1952 and 1954. In 1955 he was traded to the White Sox., In 1978 Lawrence Edward Doby became manager of the Chicago White Sox, but was not retained at the end of a losing season.