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H.R. 198 (117th): Baseball Diplomacy Act

About the bill

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 …

Sponsor and status

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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 5, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


4 Cosponsors (4 Democrats)



Jan 5, 2021

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H.R. 198 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 198. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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