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!

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.

Play Ball! Baseball Season Giveaways Begin Today

Ninety years ago today, the New York Yankees played their first regular-season game at Yankee Stadium. Blay Ball bookletThink you know all there is to know about this important day in baseball history? Prove it and you could win!

If you can answer all three of the following 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.

Ready?

1. Who hit the first home run at Yankee Stadium?

2. Yankee Stadium hosted four All-Star games. Give the four years in which those games were held.

3. The final game at Yankee Stadium was played on September 21, 2008. That night, who was the Yankees’ starting pitcher?

To enter, send your answers, along with your name and address, to uspsstamps [at] gmail [dot] com. 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 several more chances to win over the course of the season. The deadline for entries is 11:59 EDT, Friday, April 19. Good luck!

The contest entry period is now over. The correct answers are: 1. Babe Ruth 2. 1939, 1960, 1977, 2008 3. Andy Pettitte

Congratulations to our winners: Jeremy Freed, Gregg S. Garfinkel, and Diane Goatey. And thank you to everyone who entered. Check back next month for a chance to win.

Stamps Play Ball! Have You Entered to Win?

Take yourself to a ball game.
Take a seat in the crowd.
Photograph pictures of postage stamps.
Everyone in the set is a champ!
So go shoot, shoot, shoot clever pictures.
Enjoy a Major League game.
There are one, two, three special prizes
For you to claim!

(sung to the tune of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”)

The 40-page Play Ball! book includes these stamps: the ten 2001 Legendary Playing Fields stamps, two 2010 Negro Leagues Baseball stamps, and four 2012 Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps. Click the image for details or to order.

Our baseball contest is in full swing (ha!). Take a picture of your favorite Major League Baseball All-Stars stamp at any Major League ballpark, post it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #stampsplayball, and you’ll be entered to win one of several prizes (details here). It’s as easy as that. Contest ends October 3. See you in the stands!

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Favorite Links of the Past Week (or Two)

In the past two weeks, the Internet has been buzzing with stamp news. Here are some of our favorites!

The sixth and final set of stamps in the Flags of Our Nation series was released August 16, and last week the stamps were also unveiled at the Wyoming State Museum. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle was there to cover the local event.

The legacy of venerable Mexican-American dancer and choreographer José Limón lives on through the Limón Dance Company, which has a lively and fun Facebook page. (Check out the company’s profile picture!) Limón is one of four dancers honored on the Innovative Choreographers stamps.

We were simply delighted by this heartwarming story of a different kind of love letter—those shared between a daughter at sleep-away camp and her mother—on a Huffington Post parenting blog.

Smithsonian Magazine profiled Stamp Collector in Chief, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

NorthJersey.com shared a video of a special dedication of the Larry Doby stamp at the Patterson, New Jersey, Post Office, while Yankees On Demand posted a video of the dedication of the Joe DiMaggio stamp. DiMaggio and Doby are two of the four athletes featured on the Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps sheet.

The National Postal Museum‘s online exhibition Victory Mail provides insight for students on life before email and texting.

Have some favorite stamp- and letter-related stories? Share them with us in the comments.

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