Celebrating Negro Leagues Baseball With a Contest

Commemorative Folio

This Commemorative Folio for the 44–cent Negro Leagues Baseball stamps includes a full pane of 20 stamps. Click the image for details.

In 2010, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Negro Leagues Baseball stamps. The issuance honored the all-black professional baseball leagues that operated from 1920 to about 1960. In addition to a painting depicting game action, the stamps feature a portrait of Andrew “Rube” Foster, who’s considered the “father” of Negro leagues baseball. Foster was born on this date in 1879.

In celebration of Foster’s birthday, here’s a Negro leagues quiz. Test your knowledge for a chance 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.

1. Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. In 1945, he played for which Negro leagues team?

Blay Ball booklet2. What year did the first Negro Leagues World Series take place?

3. This Negro leagues slugger is believed to have hit 800—or more—home runs.

4. Which Negro leagues pitcher is known for delivering this wise piece of advice: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you”?

5. Andrew “Rube” foster was also a player and manager. Which two Negro leagues teams did he manage?

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 all five questions correctly, two people will be randomly chosen to receive a copy of Play Ball! This concludes our summer contest series. Thanks to everyone for playing! Entries for the final contest must be postmarked by Saturday, September 28. Good luck!