On Friday, Governor Cuomo signed legislation designating baseball as the official sport of New York State. This bill was proposed by a Cooperstown Elementary School 4th grade class.
Cooperstown, NY is the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and believed to be the birthplace of the sport.
Not only is New York home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown where Abner Doubleday is said to have created the sport, it has been home to four of the most popular franchises in the sport - the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, as well as the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers which moved to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively, in 1957.
Despite the loss of the Giants and Dodgers, no other state has been home to more World Series titles than New York, with the Yankees winning 27 (1923, '27, '28, '32, '36, '37, '38, '39, '41, '43, '47, '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '56, '58, '61, '62, '77, '78, '96, '98, '99, 2000, '09), and the Mets winning two (1969, '86), along with the Giants winning five (1905, '21, '22, '33, '54) and the Dodgers winning one (1955) prior to their moves to the west coast.
The Yankees were also ranked by Forbes in 2021 as being the world's second-most valuable professional sports franchise, with an estimated value of $5.25 billion.
"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. 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," Governor Cuomo said.
Senator Peter Oberacker thanked the students at Cooperstown Elementary for their research on the impact of baseball in the state and for developing the idea for this legislation. Assembly Member Michael Benedetto says that baseball is the perfect sport to represent the state, adding that it emphasized teamwork and sacrifice, which are two principles that are important during a child’s development.