Lawmakers seek to honor Negro Leagues baseball with commemorative coin
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing legislation to have the U.S. Mint produce a Negro Leagues baseball commemorative coin.

The bill, called the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, was introduced by Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity GOP group targets McConnell over election security bills in new ad MORE (R-Mo.) and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineA lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Warren's pledge to avoid first nuclear strike sparks intense pushback Almost three-quarters say minimum age to buy tobacco should be 21: Gallup MORE (D-Va.) and Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger The United States broken patent system is getting worse MORE (R-Ohio) on Tuesday.

The effort would honor the Negro National League, formed for black baseball players in 1920 when they were shut out from the segregated big leagues.

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“It’s difficult to overstate the significance that sports played in the civil rights movement. As America’s pastime, baseball and the Negro Leagues were at the very forefront of the fight for equality,” Cleaver said in a statement.

"As the representative of Kansas City, the birthplace of the Negro Leagues and home of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, I couldn’t be more proud to sponsor this legislation. I would urge all of my colleagues to support this bill and honor the legacy of every player that participated in such a pivotal organization in American history," he added.

“From Jackie Robinson to Satchel Paige to Buck O'Neil, several of baseball’s most iconic players began their professional careers in the Negro Leagues,” Blunt said in a statement touting the legislation. “The talent, excitement, and sportsmanship they brought to the game helped break down the barriers of segregation. 

Kaine said the creation of a commemorative coin would not only honor the players and teams, but would "ensure their legacy is carried on,” while Stivers called the minting of a coin "undeniably worthwhile."