Baseball: America’s Home Run

June 27, 2020 - January 8, 2023
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American League All-Star Team before the Addie Joss Benefit Game, photo by Louis Van Oeyen, League Park, 1911.

The National Postal Museum presents a blockbuster exhibition exploring America’s national pastime. Featuring hundreds of U.S. and international stamps commemorating great players and historic moments, and drawing on original artwork and archival material from the United States Postal Service’s esteemed Postmaster General’s Collection, the exhibition approaches the story from a unique, worldwide perspective. The display of stamps and mail will be complemented by dozens of objects loaned by other Smithsonian Institution museums, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, law enforcement agencies, and private collectors. The exhibition, presented in English and Spanish through a collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center, will have broad appeal to collectors of stamps and memorabilia, family audiences, and diehard fans.


Lou Gehrig’s jersey worn during the 1937, 1938, and 1939 seasons.

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Professional Baseball the National Postal Museum’s Baseball exhibit will feature historic objects loaned from renowned private collections that have never been on public display.

44c Negro Leagues Baseball: Play at the Plate stamp, 2010

Four themes—Origins of the Game, Instrument of Diplomacy and War, Agent of Segregation and Integration, and Legendary Playing Fields—explore the history and experience of baseball.

Museum visitors immersed in interactive experiences at the National Postal Museum.

A multi-gallery exhibition of spectacular artifacts will be augmented by immersive experiences that allow the visitor to interact in lively and memorable ways. Environmental design effects such as lighting, sound, and virtual reality will recreate the game day atmosphere.

Students with museum staff show stamp designs

Special programming will begin in 2019 and continue through 2022. Baseball: America’s Home Run will offer a suite of public programs that will attract large audiences for unique and special experiences surrounding the exhibitions and its content.

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Screenshot of an object display in the Learning Lab website

Suggested language: Students and teachers alike can learn more about Baseball: America’s Home Run through a variety of educational opportunities and classroom resources that meet national standards of learning for PreK-12 learners.

Preservation work on original stamp art.

Explore behind the scenes projects such as object treatment and the design and installation process with museum staff in preparation for the exhibition.

42c Take Me Out to the Ballgame stamp, 2008

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