ST. PAUL, MN (August 6, 2013) – The history of Larry Doby is not only important to Major League Baseball, but it is especially important to St. Paul Saints owner and President, Mike Veeck. His father, Bill, signed Doby as the first African American to play in the American League with the Cleveland Indians. The Saints have honored Doby for many years and will do so again in 2013 in conjunction with Central Bank.
On Tuesday, August 14 the Saints will take on the Sioux Falls Canaries at 7:05 p.m. on Larry Doby Day. The Saints and Canaries will wear special Negro League jersey’s to commemorate the occasion. The Saints will be clad in the jerseys of the Newark Eagles, the same team that Doby guided to the 1946 Negro League Championship. The Canaries will wear uniforms of the Homestead Grays, the team Josh Gibson played for during his storied career. Doby will be honored throughout the night with games, facts and a historical perspective of African American’s in the National Pastime.
The Saints partnered with Central Bank, who will donate 2,000 tickets to local non-profits such as Boys & Girls Club, Youth Services Bureau, BBBS, Youth Investments and many others in the area. This gives kids in the area the opportunity to attend a baseball game who otherwise might not have the opportunity. The Saints have implemented the Larry Doby Passion for the Community Program each season and partnered will local businesses to make this chance possible.
Doby was signed to his first Major League contract in 1947 by Bill Veeck, father of Saints President Mike Veeck. Though he never played for the Saints, the club elected to retire Doby’s number 14 during the 2005 season.
Tickets for all Saints regular season home games are available in person at the Saints Box Office, by phone at 651-644-6659 or online at saintsbaseball.com. Tickets for Saints regular season home games are $5 for general admission, $8 for outfield reserved and $12 for infield reserved. Tickets purchased on the Day of the Game are an additional $1 per ticket. Tickets to theSeptember 1 Fireworks Super Show are an additional $3. Children under the age of 14 and seniors 65 and older receive $1 off the admission price. Children under 2 that don’t require a seat are free.