New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to make baseball the official sport of the Empire State.
“I signed legislation designating baseball as the official sport of the State of New York,” Cuomo said.
“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.