Legends of Baseball

Baseball: America's Home Run

Of the more than sixty baseball stamps issued by the United States since 1939, the vast majority commemorate individual players. Many of these postal portraits feature specially commissioned artwork designed to mimic the look and feel of classic baseball cards and recall players whose achievements on and off the field made them household names. Here, for the first time, original stamp art and production material from the USPS Postmaster General’s Collection is paired with actual game-used artifacts as a powerful visual reminder that these players— whom most of us know only from photographs and old footage—were once flesh and blood.

Legends of Baseball wall panel and cases containing artifacts from baseball fields
Cases containing objects that belonged to, or are related to famous baseball players
Roberto Clemente lobby poster featuring a postage stamp and a baseball

Roberto Clemente (1934–1972) was born in Puerto Rico and played eighteen seasons at right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His batting average was above .300 and he played in every All-Star Game from 1960 until his death with the sole exception of the 1968 season, when he was plagued by shoulder problems.

Jackie Robinson (Black Heritage Series) approved 20 cent stamp art

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (1919–1972) was born in Georgia, the son of sharecroppers and grandson of enslaved Americans. He played two seasons in the Negro and minor leagues before being called up to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as Major League Baseball’s first African American player. During ten seasons as an infielder for the Dodgers, he appeared in six All-Star Games and six World Series.

Baseball: America’s Home Run