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Larry Doby Lecture

December 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Lecture Commemorates the 100th Birthday of Larry Doby

The Paterson Museum Foundation invites you to join us on Zoom on Tuesday, December 19th at 7pm as public historian and curator Joseph Verilla presents, Larry Doby- Silk City Slugger- First in the American League. Learn how this Eastside High School graduate became a baseball great and helped to integrate Major League Baseball alongside Jackie Robinson.

On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby became the first African American to play in the American League. Verilla’s presentation will explore Doby’s early and personal life, as well as his emergence as a professional baseball player, first in the Negro Leagues, and later in the American League. Learn about Doby’s Hall of Fame career, his life and his legacy.

Joseph Verilla is a retired educator who taught in the Paterson Public School District for 35 years. A fan of both sports and all things Paterson, in 1997, Verilla worked with the Paterson Museum and Larry Doby to curate the highly acclaimed special exhibit: Larry Doby- Silk City Slugger- First in the American League. This exhibit celebrated the 50th anniversary of breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball and brought attention to Larry Doby’s overlooked pioneering career. Portions of the exhibit now make up the permanent display about Larry Doby in the Museum’s main gallery.

This lecture will be presented virtually, via zoom. The lecture is free of charge, but donations to the Paterson Museum Foundation are requested. Donations can be submitted via paypal or check. For more information on the program, or to register for the Zoom link, please email events@patersonmuseumfoundation.org.

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December 19, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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