Quick: Who was the second man to walk on the moon? You
probably don't know. It's tough being the second
person to do something momentous (can anybody name
the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic?)
and Larry Doby was that second person two times in his
career. The first was when he was the next man through
the color barrier behind Jackie Robinson when he
joined the Indians on July 5, 1947. The second was
when he became the second African-American manager
after Frank Robinson in 1978 with the White Sox.
Doby passed away yesterday at the age of 79. He is
remembered here in a New York Times obituary -- the
surest sign of a life of significance. Bill Madden
also eulogizes him in today's New York Daily News.
So Latroy Hawkins is threatening to walk from the
Twins after the season? "Where," asks Patrick Reusse
of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "is the gratitude?"
Reusse writes that the Twins gave Hawkins a lot of
chances to prove himself and a long-term deal on the
basis of very little success, so his pronouncement
that he was leaving seems a bit disingenuous.
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