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05/09/2003  4:52 PM ET 
Commissioner's statement on Sam Lacy

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today on the passing of Hall of Fame journalist Sam Lacy:

"All of baseball mourns the passing of Sam Lacy. Sam was as a highly respected journalist for more than 60 years, but his enduring legacy will be the impact he had as one of the most important pioneers for civil rights in the past century. One of the first African-American members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, a large portion of Sam's early work was dedicated to crusading against racism and segregation in our country. Sam's integrity and passion for his work will be sorely missed. We offer our condolences to the entire Lacy family."

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