Postal Service offers a sneak preview of upcoming Negro Leagues Baseball Stamps

Written by admin   // June 28, 2010   // 0 Comments

Unveiling to take place before Brewer game at Miller Park June 27

“Foster got his nickname after defeating major league pitcher George Edward ‘Rube’ Waddell in 1902.”

The Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Post Office will unveil the new Negro Leagues Baseball stamps June 27 at Miller Park.

The six-foot enlargement of the stamps will be unveiled on the field prior to the Milwaukee Brewers versus the Seattle Mariners game by former Negro Leagues baseball player, Dennis Biddle.

The two 44-cent postage stamps depict a baseball player sliding into home plate as Andrew “Rube” Foster, the founder of the Negro National League, looks on.

In 1920, Foster, who began his baseball career as a pitcher, established the Negro National League, the first successful league of African American teams.

Foster is considered the “father” of Negro Leagues baseball.

Foster got his nickname after defeating major league pitcher George Edward “Rube” Waddell in 1902.

Drawing some of the most remarkable athletes ever to play the game- including Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Henry (Hank) Aaron- the Negro leagues changed African American communities across the country and sparked the integration of American sports.

The stamps will be available for purchase at Post Offices nationwide or can be ordered online at www.usps.com/shop, on July 15.


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