Doby, who played for the Indians from 1948 to 1950, was the first black player in the American League

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians will erect a statue of Larry Doby next year, Indians President Mark Shapiro announced Thursday at a news conference to unveil improvements coming to Progressive Field.

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Doby, who played for the Indians from 1948 to 1950, was the first black player in the American League and only the second black player, behind Jackie Robinson, to play in Major League Baseball.

Before that he played in the Negro Leagues, which he left and returned to when he served in World War II.

Doby's statue will be only the Indians' third, joining the Bob Feller statue and the recently introduced Jim Thome statue in the new Gate C during the 2015 season.

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