Senate Passes Legislation to Honor American League’s First Black Baseball Player Larry Doby

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to honor former Indians center-fielder Larry Doby, the American League’s first black ballplayer, with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Doby also played for the White Sox and became the second black manager in the major leagues when he took over the Sox in 1978.

Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman recently announced passage of the bill, which awaits President Donald Trump’s signature. Rep. Jim Renacci earlier helped gain House approval.

Doby became the American League’s first black player in July 1947, two months after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color line with the National League’s Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby was a seven-time All-Star, leading the 1948 Indians to the world championship.

Born in Camden, S.C., Doby played high school sports in Paterson, New Jersey, and served in the Navy. He died in 2003.

SOURCE: The Associated Press