A commemorative coin minted by the U.S. Treasury is in the works to honor the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues baseball teams, of which a Culpeper County native was a star contributor.
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, and Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, announced on Friday that the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act has unanimously passed the Senate.
The legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver II and Steve Stivers introduced companion legislation in the House.
“At a time when African American and Hispanic players were barred from playing on Major League teams, the Negro Leagues offered people the chance to see some of the country’s greatest ballplayers,” said Kaine in a prepared statement.
“They featured the early years of legends who later played in Major League Baseball like Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron—as well as many who never got that opportunity but whose greatness was belatedly recognized by induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, including Virginia-born…