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Missouri Special Session | Negro Leagues Statistics

Jim Bowen
Missouri legislators finally convened at the statehouse on June 23 to begin the 2021 special session.

Missouri's legislature convenes for a special session, and Baseball Reference adds Negro Leagues statistics to its database.

Segment 1, starting at 01:00: After a standoff with fellow Republicans, Missouri Governor Mike Parson finally called for the special session to resolve issues over extending the federal reimbursement allowances.

The FRA is largely responsible for funding the state's Medicaid program known as MO HealthNet. State Sen. Bob Onder explains the exclusions he and other conservative Republicans want included in the extension and we examine how those could impact healthcare in the state.

Segment 2, starting at 27:13: A popular baseball database now includes statistics from the Negro Leagues.

After Major League Baseball announced last year that the Negro Leagues from 1920 through 1948 would be recognized as major leagues, Baseball Reference undertook to add those figures to its database. Larry Lester reveals what it took to compile those statistics and reels off a list of some of the best Negro Leagues ballplayers. Most haven't received the recognition they deserve but the addition of their accomplishments in the statistics could rectify the oversight.

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