The experience of Larry Doby, first black player in the American League, and Jackie Robinson differed greatly according to a thought provoking column by Terry Pluto. I had not realized that while Branch Rickey thoroughly prepared Robinson and his future teammates for his joining the team, Indians owner Bill Veeck’s adding Doby to the roster was a “big surprise” as he was an unknown to the players on the team when he was added mid-season. He went on to have a hall of fame career, but this difference in preparation added to the difficulties he and Robinson both shared on and off the field as pioneers. Having grown up in Cleveland, I knew who Doby was but not the details. Now Doby has a street named after him near Progressive Field, but I agree with Pluto’s suggestion that a statue or other greater tribute is in order.