As a child, astronaut and philatelist Sally Ride (1951–2012) had no ambitions toward space exploration. Instead, California baseball captured her imagination after the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Ride's native Los Angeles in 1958 and won the following year's World Series.
Ride's grandfather, Anders Anderson, made this child-sized bat for her and taught her how to swing and hit the ball when she was about seven years old. Her habit of memorizing and analyzing batting averages and pitching statistics bolstered an early interest in mathematics, which led to her career as a physicist and NASA's first female space shuttle astronaut.
Unable to play baseball competitively, Ride shifted her athletic interest to tennis and became a nationally ranked college player. She expressed her dual passions for sports and space as a topical stamp collector, a hobby she continued throughout her adult life. Her collection includes stamps commemorating her own achievements. The United States issued a stamp with her portrait in 2018.