Larry Doby, who passed away on Wednesday in New Jersey
after a long illness, is eulogized by a number of
writers today. Kevin B. Blackstone of the Dallas
Morning News describes how is immersion in big league
ball was no easier than was Jackie Robinson's but how
he never got the same glory being the second man in.
Dave Anderson of the New York Times recalls his
baseball career but also spends time on his
post-playing days. Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune
interviews local resident 94-year old Al Lopez about
his memories of Doby's days with the Indians. Lopez
was first a teammate and then the manager of Doby.
Bill Madden of the New York Daily News discusses Doby
with his long-time friend and neighbor, Yogi Berra. A
gallery in Yogi's Montclair, New Jersey baseball
museum is dedicated to Doby and Negro League baseball.
Jerry Izenberg of the Newark Star-Ledger talks to Mike
Veeck -- son of baseball pioneer Bill about his
relationship with Doby. It was his father who owned
the Indians when Doby made his big league debut and
the two families stayed close over the years. Bill
Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times also has a
well-written profile of Doby.
Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News profiles
Mariners general manager Pat Gillick. At 65, Gillick
is baseball's oldest GM and probably the one who
receives the least amount of credit per win.
Jose Reyes makes his Shea Stadium debut tonight
against the Yankees and Joel Sherman of the New York
Post notes the occasion of this meeting serves as a
microcosm of the direction of the two teams as
embodied in the current status of their shortstops.
The Mets have given up on the present and are looking
to the future with Reyes and the Yankees are trying to
keep their dynasty going and hope that the Derek Jeter
of 1999 will show up again one of these days.
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