U.S. Post Office Honors Four Former Major Leaguers with Stamps
The United States Post Office (USPS) is currently tabulating votes for four new stamps issued to honor four former Major League Baseball All-Stars.
"Baseball fans have stepped up to the plate to vote for their favorite All-Star in this year’s mid-summer classic,” said USPS Stamp Services Manager Stephen Kearney. “We encourage them to do the same by hitting more SBIs for these legendary All-Stars that will be immortalized on Forever stamps.”
The player stamps currently being voted upon are for Ted Williams, Willie Stargell, Larry Doby and Joe DiMaggio.
As of July 9, leading by a close margin is Boston Red Sox Ted Williams, hitting 300,385 SBI, followed by New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio at 290,925. There’s still time for fans of Pittsburgh Pirate Willie Stargell with 237,785 SBI and Cleveland Indian Larry Doby hitting 232,745 to catch up before the July 21-22 official dedication ceremonies. Fans can still pump up the SBI by visiting www.usps.com/play-ball.
Kearney said that individual player stamp sheets will be sold only in limited quantities beginning July 21 at select Post Offices in Boston, MA; Cleveland, OH; Cooperstown, NY; New York, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA. To ensure customers obtain all the individual player sheets and related philatelic products, he recommended ordering them between now and August 31.
According to the USPS, customers may preorder the stamps and collectible products online as well. Orders can be made by visiting this link: www.usps.com/play-ball, or by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).