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Cuomo signs legislation making baseball the official sport of New York


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation Friday to make baseball the official sport of the Empire State.

“I signed legislation today designating baseball as the official sport of the State of New York,” Cuomo tweeted.

“Thank you to the 4th grade class of Cooperstown Elementary School for stepping up to the plate & proposing this bill,” he added.

New York State is home to Cooperstown, where the Baseball Hall of Fame is located and “is believed to be the birthplace of the sport,” according to the governor’s press release.

“Growing up a Queens boy, a love of baseball was instilled at an early age. From the ’69 and ’86 Amazin’ Mets to 27 world championships by the Yankees and even having been the home of the Dodgers with Jackie Robinson and the Giants, New York is steeped in an expansive and diverse past with our great national past time,” Cuomo said.

“The fervor of the sport is as reflective of our great state as a sport can be, bringing together diverse crowds for the love of the game. New York is the birthplace of baseball and I’m proud to finally make it our official state sport,” he added.

Two Major League Baseball teams play in the state: the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. 

The New York Yankees were valued at $5.25 billion in 2021 by Forbes, making them the second-most valuable sports franchise in North America.

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