PATERSON, NJ – Paterson’s Larry Doby will be one of four major league baseball stars honored by the United States Postal Service with stamps bearing their likenesses.
A product of Eastside High where he starred in three sports, Doby was the first African-American to play in the American League. A seven time all-star who lead the American League in home runs twice. He also set an American League outfielder record for 164 consecutive errorless games.
Doby, who had played for the Newark Eagles in the Negro Leagues, became the second African-American to manage a major league team when he took the helm of the Chicago White Sox in 1978.
The post office previewed Doby’s stamp on Thursday. The post office already announced that Joe DiMaggio would be among the four players honored. The names of the other two have not yet been released. The stamps will be issued next year.
The Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
Doby was 79 when he died in 2003. He later lived in Montclair.
"Years after his death, Larry Doby remains a cornerstone of pride for the communities of Paterson, Montclair and the United States of America,’’ said Rep. Bill Pscrell, in a press release. “There is something very special about having Larry Doby's legacy preserved by a U.S. postage stamp. People across the nation can share in honoring what he gave to the game and to our country. He was a dynamic athlete who raised the level of play on the ball field and raised many Americans' thinking about how we view one another."
This isn’t the first honor Doby has received involving the postal service. The post office on Grand Street in Paterson was named after him in the late 1990s.