Righty or Lefty?: Joe DiMaggio Stamp Mystery Solved

We’ve had several inquiries lately about Joe DiMaggio‘s stamp in the recently issued set of Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps. Specifically, collectors and enthusiasts have addressed the depiction of DiMaggio’s swing. So, is DiMaggio’s swing correctly portrayed? The answer is yes, and here’s why:The Yankee Clipper was a right-handed batter, and he is indeed following through on his right-handed swing. However, due to the size of the stamp, you can’t see that his lower torso and legs are twisted as they would be on his follow-through. The stamp artist, Kadir Nelson, also had to slightly change the position of the bat in order to show all of it. If this had been a photograph, you would’ve been able to see that when DiMaggio followed through, his bat was extended fully away from his body and nearly parallel to the ground. (If you’d like to see what we’re describing, check out the photo in this Wall Street Journal article.)

The Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps, as well as many baseball-related philatelic products, are now available. Joining DiMaggio on the roster are Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Ted Williams.

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Major League Baseball All-Stars First Day of Issue Ceremony a Home Run

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Major League Baseball All-Stars First Day of Issue ceremony on Friday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York! What better place to celebrate four great stars?

Photo credit: Daniel Afzal, U.S. Postal Service

Held during Hall of Fame Weekend, the event drew a great crowd and we had a blast honoring these baseball legends. Dedicating the stamps were (from left to right) Louis J. Giuliano, member, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors; Tony Gwynn, member, National Baseball Hall of Fame; Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General, CEO, U.S. Postal Service; Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Board, National Baseball Hall of Fame; and Brian Kenny, on-air personality, MLB Network.

The four players honored on these stamps—Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Joe DiMaggio—capture our imagination for their exploits. They symbolize the best of baseball and, in a way, the best of ourselves. Each of these Hall of Famers was a perennial All-Star selection and each left an indelible impression on the game.

We had a wonderful time in Cooperstown! We hope you’ll join us next time!

Our next event is the Innovative Choreographers First Day of Issue ceremony this Saturday, July 28, in Los Angeles, California. Will you be there?

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Major League Baseball All-Stars Knock it Out of the Park

Today’s the day! We are pleased to announce that the new Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps are now available nationwide!

The First Day of Issue ceremony for the set of four Forever® stamps honoring baseball greats Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Joe DiMaggio, and Willie Stargell, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Cooperstown, New York. We hope to see you there!

And don’t forget, DiMaggio, Doby, Stargell, and Williams fans: special dedication ceremonies will be held tomorrow, July 21, for each individual player in the city where he made it big.

The dedication of New York Yankee great Joe DiMaggio’s sheet of stamps will take place at the Bronx Post Office, 558 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

At 10:00 a.m., Cleveland Indian Larry Doby’s sheet of stamps will be dedicated at the Jerry Maloy Negro League Conference at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square (near Progressive Field, home of the Indians), Cleveland, Ohio.

Willie Stargell fans can watch the official dedication of the Pittsburgh Pitrate’s sheet of stamps before the 7:05 p.m. Pirates/Marlins game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams’s sheet of stamps will be officially dedicated before the 1:35 p.m. Red Sox/Blue Jays game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Will you be joining us as we celebrate some of the game’s best players?

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Major League Baseball All-Stars Hitting a Grand Slam Tomorrow

Reminder baseball fans: The Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps will be issued tomorrow! We can hardly wait!

The First Day of Issue ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. The event is free and open to the public. DiMaggio, Williams, Stargell, and Doby fans: We hope to see you there!

And make sure you check out all the great baseball-related philatelic products we have over on the Postal Store. Play ball!

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The Streak Comes to a Close

In 1941, Joe DiMaggio took the nation by storm. That year, he strung together a still-unmatched 56-game hitting streak, which finally ended on July 17. That day, Cleveland Indians third baseman Ken Keltner made two great plays to rob DiMaggio of hits. The iconic New York Yankee, who’s featured on the upcoming 2012 Major League Baseball All-Stars stamp pane, captivated baseball fans across America.

Kostya Kennedy’s book, 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, chronicled DiMaggio’s magical 1941 season. In it, the author shows just how passionate people were about The Streak:

Fan Mail arrived from all over the country, scores of letters each day both to his home and to the Stadium. Many of the envelopes came with a lucky thingamabob inside—a bracelet or a small stone or a few lines of bad, original poetry or something soft to rub. People everywhere wanted in, wanted to feel in some small way a contributor to the streak.

Have you ever sent a letter to your favorite athlete? If so, what kind of response did you receive? Let us know!

The Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps will be issued Friday, July 20, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. In the meantime, you can pre-order your stamps and a host of baseball-related philatelic products now!

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