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!

How Well Do You Know the Major League Baseball All-Stars?

DCP Keepsake

This keepsake package includes a sheet of 20 Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps and a set of four First Day Covers. Click the image for more details.

The U.S. Postal Service released the eye-popping Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps in 2012. Each of the four featured players is an American icon. Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Ted Williams—who was born on this date in 1918—and Willie Stargell are responsible for creating countless memories for baseball fans.

How well do you know this quartet of All-Stars? 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 Major League Baseball All-Stars (4) stamps.

Each one of the following statements describes one of the four players—Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Ted Williams, or Willie Stargell—on the Major League Baseball All-Star stamps. To play, match each statement with the correct player.

1. In 1941, this player hit safely in 56 consecutive games.

2. In 1941, this player finished the season with a .406 batting average.

3. In 1948, this player helped his team win the World Series.

4. This player helped lead his team to two World Series titles.Blay Ball booklet

5. After he retired, this player became Major League Baseball’s second African-American manager.

6. This player saw action in four different decades, the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

7. This player finished his career with 475 home runs.

8. In his career, this player spent time with three different teams.

9. This player won the American League’s Most Valuable Player award three times.

10. This player finished with a career batting average of .344.

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 ten 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 one more chance to win next month. Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, September 7. Good luck!

The Home Run Quiz!

USPS06STA006EIn 2006, USPS issued the four Baseball Sluggers stamps, honoring Mickey Mantle, Hank Greenberg, Mel Ott, and Roy Campanella. Between them, the four players hit more than 1,600(!) home runs.

Our question for you is: How much do you know about home runs?

If can answer all five of the following five questions correctly, 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.

Let’s start the home run quiz now!

1. Mickey Mantle is widely considered the greatest switch-hitter of all time. In his career, he amassed 536 home runs. Did he hit more homers while batting right-handed or left-handed?

2. On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record. Who was the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher off whom Aaron hit the homer?

3. How many home runs did Roy Campanella hit in his career?

4. How many seasons did Mel Ott lead the National League in home runs?

Play Ball book5. In 1938, Hank Greenberg hit a whopping 58 home runs. He also set what was then a Major League Baseball record for multi-homer games. How many times that season did he hit more than one homer in a game?

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, two 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 a couple more chances to win this baseball season. Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, August 10. Good luck!

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!

Let’s Celebrate “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” With A Contest

SingleThis year marks the 105th anniversary of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The iconic tune debuted in 1908 and since then has become a staple at American ballparks. (To celebrate the song’s 100th anniversary in 2008, USPS issued the 42-cent Take Me Out to the Ball Game stamp.) Have you been singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” since you were a child? Well, it’s time to test your knowledge of the song.

If you can correctly answer all three of the following 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.

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Let’s get started!

1. Singer/songwriter Jack Norworth was inspired to write the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” after seeing a sign for an upcoming game at which now-closed ballpark?

2. Which famous radio announcer helped start the Wrigley Field tradition of singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch of every game? 

3. In the 1949 film Take Me Out to the Ball Game which two stars, who were known for their acting and singing prowess, belted out a verse of the titular song?

For this contest we’re trying something a little different. 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, two 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 several more chances to win over the course of the season. Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, June 8. Good luck!

This contest is now over. The correct answers are: Polo Grounds, Harry Caray, and Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Congratulations to our randomly selected winners, William J. Graham of Staten Island, New York, and Helen Lento of Fairfax, Virginia. Thank you to everyone who entered.