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Pascrell said he knew Doby because Doby is a native of Paterson, N.J., and the two men knew each other. Doby was “one of the finest men I ever met,” Pascrell said.
The combination of Doby being a hometown hero for Pascrell and his legacy for the Indiana spurred the Democrat and Republican to pair up.
Getting the resolution passed became something of a competition itself — the two men competed to get the 290 signatures necessary to get the bill to the floor, ribbing each other about who had more signatures.
Pascrell and Renacci were impressed by the fact that Doby left baseball to serve in the military, and more impressed that he had the endurance to put up with the abuse he got after he came back to the United States and became one of the first black Major League players.
“You heard about what happened to Jackie Robinson, but you didn’t hear what happened to Larry Doby,” said Renacci. “And he was just three months behind.”