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Coin to honor 100th anniversary of Negro League baseball gets bipartisan support in Congress

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — Before Jackie Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947, some of the greatest ballplayers of all time, who happened to be black, played in the Negro Leagues due to segregation.

The Negro National League was founded by Andrew “Rube” Foster in 1920, with teams such as the Homestead Grays, Birmingham Black Barons and St. Louis Stars. 

It featured stars in Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, James “Cool Papa” Bell and many more. Gibson, Paige and Bell all made the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Bell would never play a game in MLB, though Gibson and Paige eventually did.

“These players never cried about social injustice, they went and did something about it,” said Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

To honor them, congressional baseball fans, Republican and Democrat, are supporting a bill that would direct the U.S. Treasury to mint a commemorative coin marking the Negro League’s 100th anniversary.

“So people understand about the adversity and just the spectacular accomplishment of these players,” said Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), who’s behind the bipartisan bill.

“Make sure that the legacy of the Negro League plays on long after there are no more Negro League players left,” Kendrick said.

If passed, the coins would raise awareness about the players and raise proceeds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid-20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. It will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.

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