Baseball teams composed of postal clerks and letter carriers first appeared in large cities around the turn of the twentieth century. Teams formed by postal inspectors, attorneys, and other managerial and executive staff developed later. Some teams preferred to play softball because it was friendlier to intergenerational workplaces and less prone to cause injury.
The names of the players on this trophy attest to the New York post office’s multiethnic and religiously diverse makeup. GPO stands for “General Post Office.”