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H.R. 198: Baseball Diplomacy Act

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What should happen if a Cuban citizen wants to become a Yankee, in both senses of the word?


Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN9) traces his love of baseball and Cuban baseball players to a single moment in 1955. That year, a 5-year-old Cohen was stricken with polio, a disease subsequently eradicated in the U.S. in 1979 due to widespread vaccination but which killed and paralyzed thousands of Americans annually until then. Using crutches, Cohen attended a Chicago White Sox exhibition game in Tennessee and pitcher Tom Poholsky handed him what appeared to be his baseball.

Except the ball wasn’t really from Poholsky but rather All-Star leftfielder Minnie Miñoso, who was banned under Tennessee’s racist Jim Crow laws from handing the ball to the white Cohen directly.

Fast forward 66 …

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Steve Cohen

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Jan 5, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 5, 2021

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Jan 5, 2021

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