New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation 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 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.
“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.