Next time up, Josh said, 'We're going to find out if you can hit a curveball.' I singled.Third time up, Josh said, 'We're going to find out how you do after you're knocked down.' I popped up the first time after they knocked me down.Veeck had begun the process of finding a young, talented player from the Negro leagues, and told a reporter in Cleveland that he would integrate the Indians' roster if he could find a black player with the necessary talent level who could withstand the taunts and pressure of being the first black athlete in the AL.The reporter suggested Doby, of whom Veeck had seen at the Great Lakes Naval Training School.Reflecting on his years growing up in South Carolina, including how he and playmates used worn down broom handles for bats, Doby said, "Growing up in Camden, we didn't have baseball bats.We'd use a tree here, a tin can there, for bases." At Paterson Eastside High School, Doby was a multi-sport athlete; as well as playing baseball and basketball, he was a wide receiver in football and lettered in track.
Consequently, the team voted to forgo the trip as a gesture of support for Doby.
Manager Biz Mackey led the Eagles, including Doby, Monte Irvin and Johnny Davis, to the Negro World Series championship over Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Monarchs in seven games to conclude the 1946 season.
For the Series, Doby hit .372 with one home run, five RBIs, and three stolen bases.
He then went to Treasure Island Naval Base in San Francisco Bay, California.
Before serving in the Pacific Theater of World War II, Doby spent time at Navy sites in Ogden, Utah and San Diego, California.