Post-Gazette Reviews Douglas Branson's Latest Book on Baseball’s Overlooked Barrier-Busting Larry Doby
Greatness in the Shadows: Larry Doby and the Integration of the American League explores the oft-overlooked Cleveland Indians career of Larry Doby, the first African American baseball player to break the American League's color barrier in 1947. It was an equally arduous and important undertaking to Jackie Robinson's breaking of Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1946. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gene Collier reviewed the book.
Collier noted, "Branson posits not only that Doby, the talented centerfielder on perhaps the best Indians team ever put together, was arguably the baseball equal of Robinson, but that Doby’s excruciating experiences breaking the American League’s color barrier were, if anything, even more daunting than those accompanying Robinson’s historic immersion in the other league."