Sports and Recreation

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Postal hockey team jersey

Albany District Dutchmen hockey jersey

The National Postal Museum proudly celebrates the rich legacy of American sports including its athletes, events and accomplishments through a variety of online resources. Explore the links below to discover how stamps and postal history objects showcase this important thread of the American cultural quilt.

Object Spotlight

/object/npm_0.245704.4Beginning in 1934, and continuing into today, host nations have had the honor of issuing World Cup themed stamps. The 1930 inaugural competition in...

Exhibition

This virtual exhibition highlights a great sports tradition, featuring stamps from several of the countries that have previously been honored with hosting the tournament.

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Joe DiMaggio stamp art
Exhibition
New York City once had three major league teams: the New York Yankees, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the New York Giants. Fourteen World Series match-ups have pitted New York City teams against one another, and the famed Yankees have won the World Series 27 times. When a New Yorker (James Farley) became Postmaster General, he approved the issuance of the first baseball stamp in 1939 commemorating the baseball centennial.
Illustration of the museum entrance
For young learners: Get excited for our upcoming exhibition "Baseball: America's Home Run" with this fun hidden image game! Can you find all ten objects in the picture of the museum?
April 9, 2022 - January 5, 2025
Exhibition

From fan letters and post office baseball teams to the worlds of stamp and baseball memorabilia collecting, Baseball: America’s Home Run / Béisbol: el Jonrón de los EE.UU. explores our national pastime through a unique, postal lens.

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April 9, 2022 - January 5, 2025
Exhibition

9 de abril de 2022 - 5 de enero de 2025
Desde cartas de aficionados y equipos de béisbol de la oficina postal hasta el mundo del coleccionismo de recuerdos y estampillas del béisbol, la exposición Béisbol: el Jonrón de los EE.UU. / Baseball: America’s Home Run explora nuestro pasatiempo nacional desde un punto de vista único, como es el de la lente postal.

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Postal Inspector Dan Mihalko holding a baseball
Learn firsthand from Postal Inspector and Postal Museum Docent Dan Mihalko about real postal crimes involving fraudulent sports memorabilia and forged autographs!

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T206 Honus Wagner, PSA 5 Baseball Card

A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card, graded a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 by third-party sports grading service, Professional Sports Authenticator (“PSA”), is featured in Baseball: America’s Home Run. The card is the second highest graded example known and one of the most important pieces of sports memorabilia in existence.

Lou Gehrig 1937 New York Yankees Road Jersey and 1939 New York Yankees Team Jacket

Gehrig’s meteoric rise to fame, abrupt decline, and death at the age of 37 has made him somewhat of a mythical hero. His illness and how he handled himself are better remembered than all he accomplished playing 17 seasons for the New York Yankees.

Yogi Berra 1951 New York Yankees Road Jersey

Ypgi Berra became a folk hero, and sportswriters and commentators loved him as much for his uncanny way of mangling the English language as for his play.

Roberto Clemente 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates Home Uniform

Two Puerto Rican players reached the big leagues in the early 1940s, but the doors flew open in the 1950s. Baseball fever in Puerto Rico reached unprecedented heights, and the island’s greatest star was Roberto Clemente.

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Baseball-Related Objects in Smithsonian Collections

America's “greatest pastime” as captured in these Smithsonian Institution museum collection objects.