Will N.J.’s Larry Doby, second African-American MLB player after Jackie Robinson, get Congressional Gold Medal? It’…


WASHINGTON — Larry Doby, the Hall of Fame outfielder from Paterson who broke the American League’s color barrier just three months after Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League, moved one step closer to receiving the Congressional Gold Medal on Thursday.

With no dissent, the U.S. Senate cleared the resolution, sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The House passed the measure by voice vote in July.

“For too long, Larry Doby’s courageous contributions to American civil rights have been overlooked,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist, the lead House Democratic sponsor of the measure. “Awarding him this medal from our national legislature will give his family and his legacy more well-deserved recognition for his…

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