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Lawmaker: Make baseball official sport of New York state

February 15, 2017 01:26 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - A state lawmaker whose district includes Cooperstown says it's time New York designates baseball as the official state sport.

Sen. Jim Seward, a Republican from Milford in Otsego County, points out that nearby Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Last week he introduced legislation that would make baseball the official sport of New York state.

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Seward tells The Citizen of Auburn (http://bit.ly/2l7XtUF ) that his proposal was inspired by a letter sent to him last year by a fourth-grade class at Cooperstown Elementary School, where a teacher had students develop the idea during New York state history lessons.

The students also pointed out that New York is home to two major league teams - the Yankees and Mets - as well as 10 minor league ballclubs.

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Information from: The Citizen, http://www.auburnpub.com

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