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July 9, 2014, 10:21 pm

Big leaguers honored with postage stamps

Major League Baseball fans will have a chance to celebrate their favorite players as a group or individually. Due to the overwhelming response after the recent announcement to recognize Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell and Ted Williams collectively on a single sheet of 20 Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it will issue sheets of 20 stamps honoring each player individually. The events will be held in Cooperstown and the cities where each one played.

“We’ve heard from Indians, Pirates, Red Sox and Yankee fans and we’re stepping up to the plate to immortalize their revered players individually,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Manager Stephen Kearney in a statement. “We have a limited quantity of individual player stamp sheets ready to fill all preorders now for shipment on July 21 — with these orders getting top priority,” he added. “It will be interesting to learn which of the four players sells the most individual sheets. Orders received for individual player stamp sheets will be accepted and honored through August 31, 2012, even if it requires additional printing.”

Kearney noted that the individual player stamp sheets will be sold only in limited quantities beginning July 21 at select post offices in Boston, Cleveland, Cooperstown, New York and Pittsburgh. Customers can order them between now and August 31.

DiMaggio (1914–1999) was known as the “Yankee Clipper.” He was also known for his amazing 56-game hitting streak in 1941 — the season of “the Streak.” DiMaggio led the New York Yankees to 10 pennants and nine World Series titles.

Doby (1923–2003) was the first African American to play in the American League, joining the Cleveland Indians shortly after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League. The seven-time all-star was a great hitter and centerfielder. He set an American League outfielder record for 164 consecutive errorless games.

Stargell (1940–2001) led the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series championship. The seven-time all-star hit 475 career home runs.

Williams (1918–2002) of the Boston Red Sox served in the military during World War II and the Korean War. The last major league player to hit over .400 for a single season, in 1941, Williams won six American League batting championships and four home run titles. Despite the breaks in his career, Williams hit .344 over 19 years, including 521 home runs.

Fans can pre-order the stamps now by going to www.usps.com/play-ball.

 

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