Monday, July 24, 2017

Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields - 2001

Forbes Field home of the Pittsburgh Pirates 31st anniversary of the final game played

1947 - October 15 - Branch rickey outlines his plan to the Brooklyn Dodgers Board o Directors to set up a training facility at Vero Beach, Fl. The Dodgers and the City of Vero Beach reach a 5-year lease agreement for the former US Naval Air Station, to be turned into Dodger Town.

The Hornell Dodgers are a not-for-profit organization bringing baseball to the Southern Tier of New York, playing in the competitive New York Collegiate League

Campbell Field, Camden, NJ
home of the Camden River Sharks

Rick wood Field, Birmingham, Al
Industrialist Rick Woodward purchased controlling interest in the Birmingham Coal Barons, the city's professional team. With help from Connie Mack, he designed the Finest Minor League Ballpark Ever built. Modeled after Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, the park opened August 18, 1910.

Flesher Field, Oshtemo, Mi

Brevard Manatees

Various postmarks available throughout 2001 honoring Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields

Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields - 2001

Fleetwood cachet
a mint stamp was embedded in the cachet to match the stamp used for the first day postmark

unknown producer

Riverfront Stadium postcard, with Crosley Field stamp
Riverfront opened in 1970, replacing Crosley Field as home to the Cincinnati Reds. At the time it was built, many cities were trying to maintain costs by building stadiums which could serve as both a baseball and football field. Riverfront closed in 2002

Baseball's legendary Playing Fields - 2001

Tiger Stadium

Polo Grounds

Crosley Field

Collins Hand Painted Covers, always beautiful art, in production since 1978

Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields - 2001

Postal Commemorative Society

Gold Replica, from the Postal Commemorative Society
issued a cachet that reproduced the stamp in gold foil. A cover was produced for each stamp issue. The back of the envelope contained details about the ballpark

Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields - 2001

The USPS issued a set of 10 stamps commemorating Baseball's Legendary Playing Fields on Jun 27, 2001. The stamps had their official issuance in New York, Detroit, Chicago and Boston. The stamps were designed by Phil Jordan. The Ballparks, also known as baseball's cathedrals are Ebbets Field (Brooklyn Dodgers) Tiger Stadium (Detroit Tigers), Crosley Field (Cincinnati Reds) Yankee Stadium (NY Yankees) Polo grounds (NY Giants, NY Mets) Forbes Field (Pittsburgh Pirates) Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) Comiskey Park (Chicago White Sox) Shibe Park (Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia A's) Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs).  The banner portion across the top of the sheet features a scene from Sportsman's Park (St Louis Cardinals).  The back of each stamp provides details about the baseball fields.

Had the opportunity to go to a Pirates game at PNC Park. Brought a Forbes Field cover with a hand drawn cachet. Kent Tekulve was working the game for Root Sports, and he was generous in signing the cover. I then went to the clubhouse store to obtain the MLB passport stamp.
I have to have the ticket, no electronic entry...

Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies
Senior Stroll - My wife and I strolled the bases with the other senior citizens in attendance, there were quite a few. I stopped at short stop to obtain a smudge of dirt for the first day cover, along with the MLB passport
Shibe Park First day cover, former home of the Philadelphia Phillies

The Lakewood Blueclaws usually have a celebrity appearance during the season. 2015, the team had Ron Blomberg on Jewish Heritage Day. Bloomberg, playing for the New York Yankees, was the first designated hitter when he stepped to the plate  on April 6, 1973 in Fenway Park, Boston.

Artmaster cachet

Art craft cachet

Armstrong Cachet

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Vermont Mountaineers

Vermont Mountaineers Opening Day Postmarks

The Vermont Mountaineers are a collegiate summer baseball team competing in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Their home field is Montpelier Recreation Field, Montpelier, Vermont
The team was founded in 2003

The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) is a 13-team summer baseball league formed in 1993, sanctioned by the NCAA and MLB. Each team plays an 8-week, 44-game schedule. The league showcases top college-level players, providing scouts an opportunity to see prospective pros playing in a highly competitive game.