Cardinals Greats Lou Brock and Ozzie Smith Help Unveil New Postage Stamps Honoring 20 Baseball Legends

United States Postal Service - July 11, 2000
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ST. LOUIS - Former St. Louis Cardinals superstars Lou Brock and Ozzie Smith stole the show at Busch Stadium today when the U.S. Postal Service unveiled new commemorative postage stamps honoring 20 legends of Major League Baseball®.

The Legends of Baseball stamps will be officially dedicated and issued July 6 in Atlanta, Ga., in conjunction with the "Club MLB Road Show Presented by Jif Smooth Sensations" and Major League Baseball®'s 2000 All-Star Week, which concludes July 11 with the 71st All-Star Game at Turner Field.

The stamps feature Roberto Clemente, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Eddie Collins, Dizzy Dean, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Josh Gibson, Lefty Grove, Rogers Hornsby, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Pie Traynor, Honus Wagner and Cy Young. These players were honored last season as part of Major League Baseball®'s "All-Century Team" program.

"The Legends of Baseball stamps celebrate America's favorite pastime by saluting many of the colorful individuals who made the game what it is today," said Clarence E. Lewis Jr., Chief Operating Officer for the Postal Service, who unveiled the stamps during a pre-game ceremony.

In addition to Brock and Smith, joining Lewis on the field were ceremony emcee Jack Buck, the long-time "Voice of the Redbirds"; Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Major League Baseball®; and Richard "Digger" Phelps, sports broadcaster and member of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee. The committee recommends all U.S. stamp subjects and designs to the Postmaster General for final approval.

200 million of the self-adhesive, 33-cent stamps will be printed. They will be available at Atlanta post offices beginning July 6 and at post offices nationwide starting July 7. The stamps will also be available at a special Postal Service retail booth at the John Hancock All-Star FanFest-one of the main attractions of All-Star Week-from July 7–11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The stamps were illustrated by Joe Saffold of Savannah, Ga. Phil Jordan, of Falls Church, Va., was the art director.

For more information on U.S. stamps, or to order many stamps and philatelic items, visit www.stampsonline.com. Stamps can also be ordered toll-free by calling 1 800 STAMP-24.

LEGENDS OF BASEBALL COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS
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Roberto Clemente - The first Hispanic elected to the Hall of Fame, Roberto Clemente was admired for his superb hitting, rifle-like arm, and philanthropic spirit. He helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win two World Championships.

Ty Cobb - Known for his aggressive style at the plate and on the base paths, Ty Cobb may have been the greatest all-around player in Major League Baseball®. In his 24-year career, 22 with the Detroit Tigers, the "Georgia Peach" won nine straight American League batting titles.

Mickey Cochrane - Mickey Cochrane sparked the Philadelphia Athletics' championship teams of 1929-1931 with his potent bat, skill behind the plate, and fierce, competitive spirit.

Eddie Collins - Eddie "Cocky" Collins played the game of baseball for 25 seasons, a 20th-century record for nonpitchers. His brilliant baserunning and batting helped four teams win World Championships.

Dizzy Dean - Dizzy Dean, fastball-throwing member of the St. Louis Cardinals' "Gas House Gang," was a legend in his own time, once holding the modern single-game record of 17 strikeouts. In 1934 he and brother Paul led the Cardinals to the World Championship.

Jimmie Foxx - One of the top Major League Baseball® sluggers of all time, Jimmie Foxx hit 30 or more home runs for 12 seasons in a row. Foxx won the Triple Crown for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1933, leading the American League in home runs, batting, and RBIs.

Lou Gehrig - First baseman for the New York Yankees, Lou Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games. In 1934 the "Iron Horse" led the American League in batting average (.363), home runs (49), and RBIs (165).

Josh Gibson - Among the biggest draws in the Negro Leagues, popular Josh Gibson is generally considered one of the most prodigious power hitters in the history of professional baseball.

Lefty Grove - One of the finest left-handed pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball®, Lefty Grove went 31-4 for the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics. In the process, he put together a 16-game winning streak.

Rogers Hornsby - Rogers Hornsby was the most impressive right-handed hitter in the history of the game. He won seven batting championships (six in a row) and managed the 1926 St. Louis Cardinals to their first World Championship.

Walter Johnson - Walter "Big Train" Johnson used a sweeping sidearm motion to fire fastballs over home plate. In his 21-year career with the Washington Senators, he fanned 3,509 batters, won 417 games, and pitched a record 110 shutouts.

Christy Mathewson - In 1901, 21-year-old Christy Mathewson won 20 games for the New York Giants. With his "fadeaway" pitch, he posted three consecutive 30-victory seasons and in the 1905 World Series threw three shutouts in only six days.

Satchel Paige - A legend after two decades in the Negro Leagues, pitcher Satchel Paige signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1948. At age 42, this "veteran-rookie" helped his team win the American League pennant.

Jackie Robinson - Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball® color barrier when he came to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Two years later, he hit a league-leading .342, drove in 124 runs, and was voted the Most Valuable Player in the National League.

Babe Ruth - Babe Ruth was the most celebrated athlete of this time. Before beginning play with the New York Yankees in 1920, the "Sultan of Swat" was a successful pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. In 1927, he hit a record-setting 60 homers.

George Sisler - The St. Louis Browns' George Sisler won two batting titles, set the record for hits in a season, and produced a 41-game hitting streak-all while maintaining a reputation as one of the true gentlemen in Major League Baseball®.

Tris Speaker - Tris Speaker revolutionized outfield play by positioning himself in shallow center field. As a result, this Cleveland Indian recorded more assists than any other outfielder in the long history of Major League Baseball®.

Pie Traynor - Rated as one of the finest third basemen of all time, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Pie Traynor had a defensive prowess that often overshadowed his strong hitting. His nickname reportedly came from a childhood fondness for pastry.

Honus Wagner - The Pittsburgh Pirates' star shortstop, Honus Wagner also was a league-leading batter and base stealer. The "Flying Dutchman" enjoyed 15 consecutive .300 seasons, eight as the National League batting champ.

Cy Young - Denton True Young, nicknamed Cy (short for "Cyclone"), won 511 games in his 22-year career-almost 100 more than any other pitcher. A durable athlete, Young pitched an astonishing 749 complete games.





The Legends of Baseball stamps include attractive stamps like these Lou Gehrig and Cy Young stamps.


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