Ted Williams: Jack of All Trades

Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams was known for his prowess at the plate. But his skill set extended well beyond baseball. The accomplished pilot missed much of the 1952 and 1953 seasons so he could fly combat missions during the Korean War. He was also fantastic with a rod and reel. Author Richard Ben Cramer, whose 1986 Esquire story “What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?” remains one of the best pieces ever written about the Splendid Splinter, best captured Williams’s legendary persona:

Few men try for best ever, and Ted Williams is one of those. There’s a story about him I think of now. This is not about baseball but fishing. He meant to be the best there, too. One day he says to a Boston writer: “Ain’t no one in heaven or earth ever knew more about fishing.”

“Sure there is,” says the scribe.

“Oh, yeah? Who?”

“Well, God made the fish.”

“Yeah, awright,” Ted says. “But you have to go pretty far back.”

The Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps, featuring Williams, are available in Post Offices and online now.

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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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Four Baseball Legends Set to Hit Stamps Out of the Park

Don’t forget! The set of four Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps—honoring baseball greats Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Joe DiMaggio—will be issued just one week from today.

The First Day of Issue ceremony will take place in the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Brian Kenny of Major League Baseball Network will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe will officially dedicate the stamps. Honored guests will include Margaret Weller-Stargell, wife of Willie Stargell; Larry Doby Jr, son of Larry Doby; Claudia Williams, daughter of Ted Williams; and Kathie Stein, granddaughter of Joe DiMaggio.

You can pre-order your Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps, as well as all sorts of fun baseball-related products, online at the Postal Store.

Looking forward to seeing you in Cooperstown!

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