CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Indians star pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant says renaming a street for Larry Doby is an honor due the late Hall of Famer.
Grant participated in ceremonies Friday as the Cleveland Indians commemorated the 65th anniversary of Doby breaking the AL’s color barrier.
Before the Indians’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Grant along with Doby’s son and two daughters made appearances downtown as part of the salute. Following the game, the team prepared to unveil street signs on Larry Doby Way — formerly known as Eagle Ave. — which runs adjacent to Progressive Field.
Grant said he was elated at the tribute, but believes Doby deserves equal recognition with Jackie Robinson, the NL’s first black player. Doby made his debut less than three months after Robinson played his first game for Brooklyn.