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Congressman Cleaver Announces Bipartisan Effort Honoring All-Star Game and Negro Leagues

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Today Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, announced the introduction of two resolutions in the House of Representatives to honor Kansas City. In a cooperative effort, the Senate also unanimously approved companion resolutions with the leadership of Republican Senator Roy Blunt and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

The resolutions honor Major League Baseball as a critical part of American history and the Negro Baseball Leagues for its dedication, sacrifice and contributions to baseball and the country.

"Kansas City is the perfect place for the 83rd annual All-Star Game and we are thrilled to host such a monumental and unforgettable event," said Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II. "Kansas City is, after all, the home of the Negro League World Champion Monarchs and home of the Major League World Champion Royals. It is where Mickey Mantle got his first hit and Babe Ruth one of his last. Where Satchel Paige dominated the mound and Cool Papa Bell hit a ball farther than anyone has ever seen -- out of Municipal Stadium and over Brooklyn Avenue."

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game comes to Kansas City and Kauffman Stadium on July 10th -- just a couple of weeks away. It is only fitting that the 40th anniversary of the stadium will also be celebrated at that time.

"These bipartisan resolutions honor our nation's pastime and promote the valuable contributions of baseball to the Kansas City area and to the nation," said Blunt. "Kansas City is fortunate to lay claim to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and I'm hopeful that the All-Star game will attract even more fans and visitors from across the country to learn about the rich baseball heritage of Kansas City."

"While many folks can't remember a time when African Americans were excluded from America's pastime, it's important for everyone to know that era did exist, and Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum can teach them about the incredibly proud place that the Negro Leagues had in America's sports history," said McCaskill. "Sports fans from around the country will have a chance to visit the museum, along with everything else that Kansas City has to offer during the All-Star festivities--because while visitors might arrive as fans of baseball, I know they'll leave as fans of the whole city."

"So many of the great players in the game today can trace their baseball heritage back to the Negro Leagues," said U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II. "Kansas City is so very fortunate to be the city where the league was founded and where we will soon celebrate the 83rd annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It is a game where memories are made, history is celebrated and the entire Kansas City area gets to showcase all of the treasures that make it the best place in the country to live."

To learn more about H. Res. 701, Recognizing the teams and players of the Negro Baseball Leagues for their achievements, dedication, sacrifices, and contributions to both baseball and the Nation. Recognizing Major League Baseball as an important part of the cultural history of American society, celebrating the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and honoring Kansas City, Missouri, as the host city of the 83rd All-Star Game.

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