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NY Lawmaker Makes Pitch To Name Baseball The State Sport

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A state lawmaker whose district includes Cooperstown is making a strong pitch to have New York designate 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.

Seward tells The Citizen of Auburn 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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Copyright 2017 The Associated Press

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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