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Sunday, August 16, 2009

LEGENDS OF BASEBALL

Hi !!!!
Today is some special stamps with me to share with you all. These two stamps were sent by Mr. Jean-Claude Linossi from USA, few months back. But I could not post it because of some reason. Today here are they. Thanks dear Jean-Claude Linossi for these valuable stamps.

The "Legends of Baseball" issue was produced by the USPS and features one self-sticking sheet of 20 stamps. The pictures of 20 different old-time ballplayers appear on the sheet of stamps. All of those honored are Hall of Famers. Most were honored in 1999 as nominees or honorees for Major League Baseball's "All Century Team".
The 33-cent stamps feature the following players:
George Sisler, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Eddie Collins, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Mickey Cochrane, Rogers Hornsby, Pie Traynor, Jimmie Foxx, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, Lefty Grove, Lou Gehrig, Dizzy Dean, Josh Gibson, Honus Wagner and Satchel Paige.


Scott Catalogue USA: 3408d
Description: LEGENDS OF BASEBALL
Ty Cobb 33-cent mint single
Issued July 6, 2000
Medium: paper; ink (multicolor); s
elf-adhesive Museum ID: 2000.2020.460
Place: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


33c Mathewson single
Scott Catalogue USA: 3408c
Description: LEGENDS OF BASEBALL
Christy Mathewson 33-cent mint single
Issued July 6, 2000
Medium: paper; ink (multicolor);
self-adhesive Museum ID: 2000.2020.453
Place: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Complete set of Legends of Baseball :

While the stamps feature attractive artwork of the players, the back of the sheet features brief career biographies, turning these stamps into mini-baseball cards (albeit the non-cardboard variety!). The heading on the back reads "These players embody the glory and tradition of our national pasttime. Tales of their extraordinary abilities and larger-than-life personalities have made them much more than just ballplayers: THEY ARE LEGENDS." Joe Saffold of Savannah, Georgia was the artist, and Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA served as the Art Director for the project. The stamp designs were unveiled in May when commissioner Bud Selig, Mark McGwire and others helped the Postal Service show the public what the stamps would look like upon their release in July. Dedication and first issue was July 6 in Atlanta, where Major League Baseball held the 2000 All Star Week. Family members of many of the players were present at the dedication ceremony. The stamps were released nationwide July 7, and got great reviews by sports fans, sports collectors, and philatelists. The Philadelphia A's Historical Society held a special ceremony honoring the 4 A's greats that were depicted. Relatives of three of the four honorees attended the event including the daughter of Jimmie Foxx, the son of Eddie Collins and grandson of Lefty Grove. The postal service gave each recipient a framed 20-stamp set as a gift. 200 million of the self-adhesive stamps were printed for distribution at US Post Offices throughout the country. In addition to purchasing the stamps in the sheet of 20, collectors can also purchase a Legends of Baseball Uncut Press Sheet, which consists of six panes (120 stamps) with the marginal plate markings favored by some collectors. Also available through some on-line stamp dealers and the postal service are postal cards with the original stamp art reproduced in a booklet of 20 postcards that are ready for mailing. The baseball stamps are popular with those who collect first day covers also. Many people who purchased the stamps during All Star week in Atlanta, had them cancelled on the first day of issue with a special postmark from Atlanta, site of the 2000 All Star game. The USPS did not forget the great Negro Leagues with this issue, featuring the stamps of Paige and Gibson among the series of 20.

Ty Cobb:


Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (December 18, 1886 – July 17, 1961), nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," was a baseball player and is regarded by historians and journalists as the best player of the dead-ball era and as one of the greatest players of all time. Cobb also received the most votes of any player on the 1936 inaugural Hall of Fame Ballot, receiving 222 out of a possible 226 votes.
Cobb is widely credited with setting ninety Major League Baseball records during his career. He still holds several records as of 2009, including the highest career batting average (.367) and most career batting titles with 11 (or 12, depending on source). He retained many other records for almost a half century or more, including most career hits until 1985 (4,189 or 4,191, depending on source), most career runs (2,245 or 2,246 depending on source) until 2001, most career games played (3,035) and at bats (11,429 or 11,434 depending on source) until 1974, and the modern record for most career stolen bases (892) until 1977.
Cobb's legacy as an athlete has sometimes been overshadowed by his surly temperament and aggressive playing style, which was described by the Detroit Free Press as "daring to the point of dementia." During Cobb's playing days, numbers on uniforms had not been introduced yet, and so he is not identified with any particular number, as some other players are.

"Christy" Mathewson:


Christopher "Christy" Mathewson (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1925), nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", or "Matty", was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played in what is known as the dead-ball era; and in 1936 was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
In 1899, Mathewson left college and signed to play professional baseball with Taunton of the New England League. The next season, he moved on to play on the Norfolk team of the Virginia-North Carolina League. He finished that season with a 20-2 record.
In July of that year, the New York Giants purchased his contract from Norfolk for $1,500. Between July and September 1900 Mathewson appeared in six games for the Giants. He started one of those games and compiled a 0-3 record. Displeased with his performance, the Giants returned him to Norfolk and demanded their money back. Later that month, the Cincinnati Reds picked up Mathewson off the Norfolk roster. On December 15, 1900, the Reds quickly traded Mathewson back to the Giants for Amos Rusie In 1936, Christy Mathewson was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the famous "First Five" inductees into the HOF, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner. He was the only one of the five who didn't live to see his induction. His jersey, denoted as "NY", has been retired by the Giants and hangs in the left-field corner of AT&T Park. Uniform numbers were not used in those days. In 1999, he ranked number 7 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, the highest-ranking National League pitcher. ESPN selected his pitching performance in the 1905 World Series as the greatest playoff performance of all time. During WW II, a 422 foot Liberty Ship named in his honor, SS Christy Mathewson, was built in Richmond, CA in 1943.

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