Reps. Richmond and Williams Introduce Bill to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Integration of Baseball

June 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) and Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement on the introduction of the Integration of Baseball Commemorative Coin Act:

“Baseball holds a special place in American history and in the hearts of many in this country,” said Rep. Richmond. “Celebrating baseball’s 75th anniversary of integration pays tribute to the Major League Baseball trailblazers who paved the way for so many players today and also honors its significance to the Civil Rights Movement and justice for all. Baseball has long played an integral role in my life and has served as a way to bring all people together. I’m proud to introduce this legislation with Rep. Williams.”

“In 1947, Jackie Robinson changed baseball forever when he stepped out on Ebbets Field to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers,” said Congressman Williams. “At a time when integration was considered ambitious and unachievable, baseball led the way by bringing together Americans from all different backgrounds. The courageous acts of those willing to sacrifice it all for a chance to play the game they loved, changed the dialogue around race in our country and put on full display the fundamental right that all people are created equal. As someone whose life has been shaped by America’s greatest pastime, I am proud to introduce the Integration of Baseball Commemorative Coin Act with Rep. Richmond and over 100 of my colleagues in the House.”