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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Votes to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Baseball Legend Larry Doby

July 10, 2018
Press Release

Washington , DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) made the following statement following the successful vote in the House to award the Congressional Gold Medal to baseball legend Larry Doby:

“I’m proud the House voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to National Baseball Hall of Famer Larry Doby. Making his debut with the Cleveland Indians, Doby was the first African American in the American League and the second in Major League Baseball history. He stood above the racism, segregation, and harassment on and off the field by carrying himself with dignity and grace. Doby not only was an exceptional baseball player, but an extraordinary American by serving in the United States Navy during World War II. His legacy serves as an inspiration to baseball players and communities of colors all across the United States. This World Series Champion and seven-time All-Star was a great American ballplayer, breaking records and barriers one home run at a time that helped shaped the world of Major League Baseball and American Civil rights,” said Congressman Ryan.