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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:00 am


Congress backs Doby medal

Staff, news services

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a measure that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Larry Doby, the second African-American to smash the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Joining the Cleveland Indians three months after Jackie Robinson appeared in the Brooklyn Dodgers' lineup in April, 1947, Doby shouldered through the same prejudice and hate that marked Robinson's early days in the league. Doby, the first black player on a World Series winning team, in 1948, hasn't received the same historical respect.

Doby, who died in 2003, was born in South Carolina and raised in Paterson, New Jersey.

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