Postal Players

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.

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Postal baseball team game-worn apparel
 
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New York City post office baseball championship trophy
Close up photo of names engraved on a base of a trophy
Names of the players on the trophy
 

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.”

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