The 1950s Subway Series

A 1950s stamp commemorates the Subway Series of the 1950s (although the stamp names the Yankees and Dodgers, it was the Giants who faced the Yankees in 1951).

New York dominated baseball in the 1950s, fielding three major league teams for most of the decade. At least one New York team played in every World Series between 1950 and 1958, and five of those series pitted the American League’s New York Yankees against either the Brooklyn Dodgers or New York Giants. These became known as “Subway Series” because fans could ride public transit to all the games.

 
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33¢ World Series Rivals (Celebrate the Century Series) approved stamp art, 1999
Scott Catalogue USA 3187j
Loan from United States Postal Service, Postmaster General’s Collection
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33¢ World Series Rivals (Celebrate the Century Series) cylinder proof, 1999
Scott Catalogue USA 3187jP
Loan from United States Postal Service, Postmaster General’s Collection
 
 
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Polo Grounds subway train sign, 1940s
Loan from The Stephen Wong Collection
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Brooklyn Dodgers National League Champions canvas banner, 1955
Loan from The Stephen Wong Collection
 
 
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Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers road jersey, 1955
Loan from The Stephen Wong Collection
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Yogi Berra New York Yankees road jersey, 1951
Loan from The Stephen Wong Collection