William Weinbaum ESPN
As Cleveland seeks its first World Series title since 1948, my thoughts go back to firsthand interviews decades later with that team's Larry Doby, Ken Keltner and Bob Feller about their careers. Doby emotionally recounted the role fellow Hall of Famer Joe Gordon played in making him feel welcome in July 1947 when he broke the American League color line three months after Jackie Robinson's National League debut. Keltner was the culprit at third base whose 1941 defense stopped Joe DiMaggio's record hitting streak at 56 games. And less than five months later, the all-time great Feller famously enlisted in the navy when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Doby, Gordon, Keltner and several other teammates had also served during World War II, including Eddie Robinson, the last living member of the '48 champions.