On this day: July 5

Published On: Jun 27 2012 04:38:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.

OTD July 5 - Larry Doby
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1947: Larry Doby signs a contract with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League. Jackie Robinson had broken the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League 11 weeks earlier.

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