American Sports and Athletes on Stamps

American Boxing

From Dempsey to Marciano

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The 32-cent Jack Dempsey stamp was issued February 3, 1998 as part of the Celebrate The Century Series.
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The 29-cent Joe Louis stamp was issued June 22, 1993.
 

The modern day sport of boxing has its basic roots in the cultures of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Comprised of physical combat between two persons in a designated space primarily utilizing gloved fists, Boxing became popular in the United States in the early twentieth century. This popularity came in part from the accessibility of boxing matches to large audiences made possible by radio broadcasts and later televised broadcasts.

Several American boxers have been honored on U.S. postage stamps, including Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano.

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The 39-cent Sugar Ray Robinson was issued on April 7, 2006.
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The 32-cent Rocky Marciano stamp was issued May 26, 1999 as part of the Celebrate The Century Series.