Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bobby Shantz

(eBay find)
Commemorative postmark from Shantz' hometown

Bobby Shantz played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1949-1954) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1956) New York Yankees (1957-1960) Pittsburgh Pirates (1961) Houston Colt 45s (1962) St Louis Cardinals (1962-1964) Chicago Cubs (1964) Philadelphia Phillies (1964)

A left-handed pitcher Shanty had a career record of 119 wins, 99 losses. He started as starting pitcher converting to a reliever halfway through.

1952 Shantz was elected American League MVP Award with 24 victories, and won 8 consecutive gold gloves from 1957-1964.

A 3-time All-Star, Shantz has a place on the Philadelphia Wall of Fame..

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Joe Tinker

Joe Tinker played for the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds and the Federal League Chicago Whales from 1902-1916.
A 2-time World Series Champion and Federal League Champion, Tinker is best known for the double-play combination that played for the Cubs "Tinker to Evers To Chance"
This combination was made famous by the poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" published in the New York Evening News in 1910 by Franklin Pierce Adams. Presented from the point of view of a New York Giants fan:
These are the saddest of possible words:
Tinker to Evers to Chance
Trio of bear cubs and fleeter than birds
Tinker to Evers to Chance
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble
Making a Giant hit into a double
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble
Tiner to Evers to Chance

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 1946.

The town of Muscotah, Kansas honors it hometown hero with commemorative postmarks on Joe Tinker Day. Tinker was born in Muscotah on July 27, 1880 and died in Muscotah on July 27, 1948

Monday, June 19, 2017

John McGraw

September 27, 2008 Truxton, NY

A portion of the pictorial postmark features a baseball in flight to honor John McGraw, born in Truxton 1873. McGraw played for the Baltimore Orioles (AA/NL) 1891-1899, St Louis Cardinals (NL) 1900, Baltimore Orioles (NL) 1901-1902, New York Giants (NL) 1902-1906

As a manager McGraw oversaw the Baltimore Orioles 1899, 1901-1902, New York Giants 1902-1932.

3-time World Series Championships with the New York Giants, Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame 1937.

Truxton erected a monument to McGraw in Truxton Village

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Major League Baseball All-stars - 2012

July 21, 2012 Cooperstown, NY
The USPS honored four individuals at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Besides the ceremony held at Cooperstown, additional ceremonies were held in the cities where these iconic players built their careers. during the ceremony Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe dedicated the stamps by saying "Today the Postal Service honors the memory of four great player whose unchanging dreams and exceptional skills propelled them to success."

Along with the Cooperstown ceremonies, Cleveland Oh (Doby), Bronx, NY (DiMaggio), Pittsburgh, Pa (Stargell) and Boston, Ma (Williams) held their own first day of issue ceremonies

various Artcraft cachets with the official first day cancel and the color pictorial cancel for each player.

Special Dedication Postmarks
Post offices requesting use of the dedication postmark can only use the following pictorial postmarks as permitted by the USPS for the All-Star stamps. The word  "Station" or abbreviation "Sta. is required somewhere in the design, since it will be used on a temporary basis

Raley Field postmarks

Raley Field, West Sacramento, Ca opened in 2000 and has been home to the Sacramento River Cats in the Pacific Coast League. They are an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants

July 21 Sacramento, Ca - California State Fair

Art craft official cachet for the Botox Club, official boosters of the Boston Red Sox
Available from Washington Press

July 21 Cooperstown, NY first day of sale

The Bronx Post Office honored Joe DiMaggio in July 22, with a commemorative cancel, designed by Louis Pagan, an employee of the Postal Service.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr proclaimed July 12 as "Joe DiMaggio Day".
The postmark was available at the Main Post Office as part of a day long celebration.

The Camden Archives and Museum held a special stamp dedication ceremony on July 26, 2010 to honor Larry Doby, a Camden native. A commemorative cancel honoring Larry Doby was available.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Judy Johnson

November 4, 1995

Every year Judy Johnson is honored with the same postmark from Wilmington, De
Johnson played for the Hillsdale Club, Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords in the Negro Leagues from 1921-1936. 
Considered to be one of the great third basemen, he was elected into the National Baseball hall of Fame in 1975.
Johnson was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

1998 blue postmark on Bullseye cachet, signed by Larry Doby
found at Sig Auctions

over the years the design of the Johnson postmark has changed a little. In 2002 "Honoring Jackie Robinson" was added.
A statue of Johnson is located outside of Frawley Stadium, Wilmington, De and the field was renamed in his honor.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Washington Nationals - 2005

April 3, 2005 - Commemorative postmark announcing the return of baseball to Washington DC

The Nationals played their inaugural game visiting the Philadelphia Phillies on April 4.
the Phillies would win the game 8-4, with RBIs from Kenny Lofton, Pat Burrell, Mike Lieberthal, Chase Utley and Jon Lieber. Kenny Lofton hit a home run. Jimmy Rollins ha a stolen base. The winning pitcher was Jon Lieber
The Nationals had RBIs from Termel Sledge an Vinny Castilla. Sledge hit a home run. Ivan Hernandez had the loss.

April 14, 2005 Robert F Kennedy Stadium, Washington DC
The Nationals hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks for their inaugural home game.
The Nationals defeat the Diamondbacks 5-3.
The Nationals got RBIs from Vinny Castilla and Brian Schneider. Home Run by Castilla
The winning pitcher was Livan hernandez.
The Diamondbacks had 3 RBIs from Chad Tracy off a 9th inning home run.
Javier Vazquez took the loss.

March 30, 2008 Washington, DC
Opening Day the Atlanta Braves traveled to Washington to face the Nationals.
The Nationals would win the game 3-2 with Jon Rauch earning the win and Peter Moylan taking the loss for the Braves.
The Nationals had RBIs from Ryan Zimmerman, Austin Kearns and Nick Johnson.
The Braves picked 1 RBI on a Chipper Jones home run, the other run was unearned.