Wishing Baseball Legend Lou Gehrig a Happy Birthday (& a Contest, Too)

USPS00STA014GHappy birthday, Lou Gehrig! Born on this day in 1903, the New York Yankees first baseman—and one of the greatest players in baseball history—was one of 20 stars of the diamond honored on the Legends of Baseball stamp sheet, which was issued in 2000.

During his career Gehrig played in what was then a Major League record 2,130 consecutive games, earning the nickname “The Iron Horse.”

Sadly, in 1939, Gehrig was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, later known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He died in 1941, but not before leaving his mark on baseball—and America as a whole.

Today, we’re celebrating Gehrig with a quiz about the baseball legend. If you can correctly answer all three of the folloPlay Ball bookwing questions, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one copy of Play Ball! A Celebration of Baseball’s Greatest Moments. This wonderful 8½” x 11”, 40-page softbound book features the vivid paintings of artist Graig Kreindler, as well as 16 collectible stamps: the 2001 Legendary Playing Fields (10), the 2010 Negro Leagues Baseball (2), and the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Stars (4) stamps.

Ready? Let’s play ball!

1. Which actor portrayed Gehrig in the 1942 film Pride of the Yankees?

2. In 1995, which Major League player broke Gehrig’s consecutive game record?

3. In what year did Gehrig win the American League triple crown?

To enter, send your answers, along with your name and address, to: USPS Stamps, 1300 Mercantile Ln, Ste 139C, Largo MD 20774.

Of those who answer correctly, three people will be randomly chosen to receive a copy of Play Ball! If you don’t know all the answers this time around, don’t worry. You’ll have more chances to win over the course of the season. Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, June 29. Good luck!

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