Ivan Rodriguez was an immediate success after reaching the major leagues with the Rangers in 1991. “Pudge” set the standard for defense-minded catchers - and his overall success earned him 1999’s American League MVP Award. Here’s Rodriguez on a 1970 Topps design.
Jackie Robinson came first, and Larry Doby came second. Doby broke the American League’s color barrier on July 5, 1947 - and after 12 years in the big leagues, he was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1998.