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06/19/2003  1:43 PM ET 
Commissioner's statement on Doby

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Larry Doby:

"All of Major League Baseball is saddened by the passing of Larry Doby. Besides being a Hall of Fame player, Larry was a fine gentleman, and a true pioneer. Larry was the first African-American to play in the American League, following the historic debut of Jackie Robinson by only 11 weeks. Like Jackie, he endured the pain of being a pioneer with grace, dignity, and determination and eased the way for all who followed. He achieved another historic second 31 years later when he became the second African-American to manage a big league club, following Frank Robinson.

"Larry has been an important part of the Major League Baseball family, having worked for the American League and Major League Baseball Properties. Larry was a good friend and an advisor. I will miss him. And, on behalf of everyone in the game, I send my condolences to his family and friends."

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