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 BluntSenate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Overnight Defense: Trump cancels presser, cuts short NATO trip | Viral video catches leaders appearing to gossip about Trump | Dem witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses | Trump reportedly mulling more troops in Middle East MORE (R-Mo.) and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills 'Granite Express' flight to take staffers, journalists to NH after Iowa caucuses MORE (D-Va.) and Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversWaters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more GOP ratchets up 2020 attacks as impeachment storm grows 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."