Larry Doby honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Doby played 10 seasons for Indians in Hall of Fame career

Alex Hooper
July 10, 2018 - 7:41 pm
Apr 5, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Fans wait to enter the stadium with a statue of former Cleveland Indians player Larry Doby in the foreground before the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Major League Baseball and Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer Larry Doby was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday, the highest civilian award that Congress can award.

The effort to honor Doby as such was sponsored by Wadsworth representative Jim Renacci and New Jersey rep Bill Pascrell. In the Senate, Ohio’s Sherrod Brown endorsed the bill.

Doby was the first African-American player to join and American League club, and the second in Major League Baseball, joining three months after Jackie Robinson.

In 13 Major League seasons, 10 of which were played in Cleveland, Doby accumulated 51.1 WAR while slashing .283/.386/.490 with 1515 hits and 243 home runs. The New Jersey resident also served two years in the United State Navy during World War II.