Sports and Recreation

Topical Reference Page
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.

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!
October 20, 2010 - July 10, 2011
Exhibition

On view was original art produced by Kadir Nelson for the creation of the Negro Leagues Baseball stamps, which pay tribute to the all-black professional baseball leagues that operated from 1920 to approximately 1960.

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Exhibition

American Sports and Athletes on Stamps
This virtual exhibition highlights several different sports, professional and amateur athletes, and monumental moments in American athletics as depicted on U.S. postage stamps.

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Object Spotlight

There are numerous sports teams and leagues across our nation, entirely comprised of working adults looking for a fun way to relax after a long day. Postal employees have been no different.

April 1, 2001 - January 25, 2002
Exhibition

The Great One
This exhibition featured one of baseball's great icons — Roberto Clemente Walker (1938-1972), who was honored on two U.S. postage stamps.

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Magazine article about a bowling team
Research Article
Postal workers have had a long tradition of participation in sports teams.
postage stamp featuring Roberto Clemente ready to swing a baseball bat
Join educators from the National Postal Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service for an exploration of the life and legacy of baseball great Roberto Clemente.
Priority mail envelope featuring Lance Armstrong
Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong's Bicycle and Jersey
July 24, 2000 - September 5, 2000
Exhibition

On view were Lance Armstrong's United States Postal Service jersey and a replica of the bicycle that brought him victory in the 1999 Tour de France Race.* The United States Postal Service sponsored the U.S. Pro Cycling Team and has lent the items in connection with its cancer awareness/fundraising postage stamps.

*Now annulled as a result of a 2012 investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

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Lou Gehrig 1934 Louisville Slugger Professional Model Game Used Bat

How does one know for sure that Gehrig used this bat throughout the 1934 season? The answer lies with unique features associated with this bat.

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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