Letter from Rep. Gillibrand (D-20, N.Y.)

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February 19, 2008


Mr. Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Commissioner
Major League Baseball
245 Park Avenue
, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167

Dear Commissioner Selig,

            I write to you today as a fan of Major League Baseball, and as a Member of Congress, to voice my opposition to the recent decision to move the annual Hall of Fame baseball game from the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York.  This picturesque and vibrant town, set against the Catskill Mountains, is a world-class tourist destination.  Central to the development of America’s Pastime, Cooperstown has a special place in the heart of all Americans.  Plans to move the Hall of Fame game away from the historic Doubleday Field would not only adversely affect the economy of this community, but would also send a poor message to millions of baseball fans young and old.   

            At a time when professional baseball is seeking positive images in light of scandals involving performance enhancing drugs, the sight of a simple game of baseball, played by some of the greatest American athletes ever, in a stadium that harkens back to simpler times, is a welcomed sight.  For nearly 70 years, this celebration of sport has been woven into the fabric of Central New York, and any attempt to relocate this event would be severely detrimental to our community. 

            Thank you very much for your attention to this important request. 



                                                            Kirsten Gillibrand

                                                            Member of Congress