All Star: How Larry Doby Smashed the Color Barrier in Baseball

by Audrey Vernick (Author) Cannaday Chapman (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

The remarkable story of Larry Doby, the first Black baseball player in the American League. In 1947, Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first Black player in the American leagues. He endured terrible racism, both from fans and his fellow teammates. Despite this, he became a unifying force on and off the field, and went on to become a seven-time All Star.

Illustrated with Cannaday Chapman's bold, stylized illustrations, this exceptional biography tells the story of an unsung hero who not only opened doors for those behind him, but set amazing records during his Hall of Fame career. More significantly, it examines the long fight to overcome racism in sports and our culture at large, a fight that is far from over.


"Chapman’s textured digital art effectively makes use of interesting perspectives to create striking visuals...An important story that we still have a lot to learn from."—Kirkus
Audrey Vernick
Many of Audrey Vernick's books are about baseball in one way or another, including her acclaimed picture book Brothers at Bat. An avid fan, she lives near the ocean in New Jersey.

Jennifer Bower is an illustrator living in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Funniest Man in Baseball is her picture book debut.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
January 20, 2022

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