Thursday, July 22, 2021

Gameday Postmark - This Day in Baseball

July 22, 1954 New York
In the Spirit of Paul Revere - Buy Defense Bonds slogan machine cancel/postmark
Buy Defense Bonds slogan in use 1951-1963

On this day - In an attempt to put more pop in the lineup, Casey Stengel moved Mickey Mantle from centerfield to shortstop, to replace a weak-hitting Willy Miranda. The experiment works as Mantle homers in the 10th inning giving the New York Yankees the 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox, at Yankee Stadium

CHW RBI: Nellie Fox 2 (3B)
NYY RBI: Mickey Mantle 2(HR), Yogi Berra (HR), Eddie Robinson (HR)
Winning Pitcher in relief: Johnny Sain


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Satchel Paige - Southeastern Stamp Expo

Feb 9, 2021 Cooperstown, NY
Southeastern Stamp Expo - honoring the 50th anniversary of Satchel Paige's election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Even though the Southeastern Stamp Expo was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the covers were still produced to honor Satchel Paige. The cachet design was by PeteMcClure


Monday, July 19, 2021

Doubleday Field


100th Anniversary of Doubleday Field, Cooperstown, NY
Named for Abner Doubleday, the field is located 2-village blocks away from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The ground have been used for baseball since 1920, on Elihu Phinney's farm. A wooden grandstand was built in 1924, let to be replaced by a steel and concrete structure in 1939. Current seating capacity has been extended to 9,791 fans

1939 linen postcard

Sunday, July 18, 2021

USS Lou Gehrig

first day cover commemorating the Merchant Marine Liberty Ship - USS Lou Gehrig, launched Jan 17, 1943

copy of a launch cover for the USS Lou Gehrig, interesting that the cachet producer put "Baseball star and hero of Brooklyn fans".. I am sure Brooklyn Dodgers fans did not agree.
The USS Lou Gehrig was christened by Gehrig's mother Christine on Jan 17, 1943 South Portland, Maine, Shipbuilding Corp

A Contest was announced, that the schools that gather the most scrap could name the new ship. New York won and chose Gehrig. Kansas students were offering Amelia Earhart, Texas chose Bigfoot Wallace (Texas Ranger - lawman) Minnesota chose the Mayo Brothers.

Gehrig was the second baseball player to be honored, Christy Mathewson was the first, Joe McGraw was the third. The USS Lou Gehrig would participate in the D-Day invasion of France, landing on Normandy Beach on Gehrig's birthday June 19

Friday, July 16, 2021

Oldsmobile Park, Lansing Lugnuts

April 5, 1996 Lansing, Mi

Oldsmobile Park opened on April 3, 1996 with a game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. On April 5 the Lansing Lugnuts (KC Royals affiliate) had their opening day against the Rockford Cubbies

2010 the name of the field was changed to Thomas M. Cooley Law School Stadium, as part of a sponsorship agreement. Later that year the Jackson National Life Insurance Company purchased the rights to name the field, and the name was changed to Jackson Field at Thomas M. Cooley Law School Stadium

2014 an agreement with the Jackson National Life Insurance Company secured the name of the field as Jackson Field

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Baseball and Entertainment

 April 27, 1994 the USPS issued a series of steps honoring film stars of the silent screen. The stamps were designed by famed artist Hirschfeld. Four of the stamps issued had baseball in their lives

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) - shown participating in a 1917 charity baseball game
English comic actor, filmmaker and composer who rose to fame in the silent film era. Became a worldwide icon through his comic portrayal as the Tramp

Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) American actor, comedian and stunt performer. Considered as one of the most influential film comedians alongside Chaplin and Keaton
Lloyd incorporated the game of baseball into his movies "Speedy" and Over the Fence"
Clara Bow (9105-1965) - American actress in the silent film era as The It Girl, and a leading sex symbol of the times. Publicity photo of Bow in a Hollywood Stars uniform, grew up as a tomboy playing baseball, football and learned to box

Buster Keaton (1895-1966) - American actor, comedian, director, producer, screenwriter, stunt performer
Keaton wrote in his autobiography.."baseball has been my favorite sport. I started playing the game as soon as I was old enough to handle a glove. Keaton starred in College (1927) and One Run Elmer (1935), and often used baseball to relax while making movies

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Ty Cobb

April 21, 1991 American Flag first day cover, with Ty Cobb cachet from the Button Gwinnett Stamp Club, Stone Mountain, Ga

Ty Cobb, "The Georgia Peach" was born in Narrows, Georgia. He spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers before finishing his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. Elected to the first calls of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 receiving more votes than any other player

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Rick Ferrell - Detroit Tigers

April 9, 1987 Detroit River Sta, Detroit, Mi

ebay find of a Rick Ferrell graded autograph. Most likely a one-of-a-kind item. I put this up for reference
April 9, 1987 was the 3rd game of the season for the tigers, facing the NY Yankees at Tiger Stadium, Detroit.. the tigers would defeat the Yankees 9-3

Rick Ferrell
St Louis Browns 1929-1933
Boston Red Sox 1933-1937
Washington Senators 1937-1941
St Louis Browns 1941-1943
Washington Senators 1944-1945, 1947

Hall of Fame inductions 1984

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

1984 Olympics

1984 Olympic Baseball - Netherland Antilles
The Netherlands baseball team finished second in the 1983 European Baseball Championship and did not qualify for the 1984 Olympics

1984 Olympic Baseball - Demonstration sport
Previously baseball had been played at the Olympics as an exhibition sport.
1984 was the first time baseball was played at an Olympics held in the United States
Games were played in Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

White Division
  • Chinese Taipei - 1983 Asian Baseball Championship silver medalist (tied)
  • Dominican Republic - 1983 Pan American Games fourth place (replaced Cuba - Soviet boycott)
  • Italy - 1983 european Baseball Championship gold medalist
  • United States - host nation - 1983 Pan American Games gold medalist
Blue Division
  • Canada - 1983 Pan American Games bronze medalist
  • Japan - 1983 Asian Baseball Champion silver medalist (tied)
  • South Korea - 1983 Asian Baseball Championship gold medalist
  • Nicaragua - 1983 Pan American Games silver medalist
First place - Japan
Second place - United States
Third place - Chines Taipei
As a demonstration sport no official medals were awarded

Monday, July 5, 2021

Warren Spahn

May 6, 1982 Seattle, Wa
Warren Spahn 300 career victory Anniversary commemorative

Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1942, 1946-1964) New York Mets (1965) San Francisco Giants (1965)
Career 363-245 won-loss record, 3.09 ERA, 2,583 strikeouts
  • 17-time All-Star
  • Cy Young Award (1957)
  • No-Hit games (Sep 16, 1960, April 28, 1961)
  • 4-time NL strikeout leader (1949-1952)
  • 8-time NL wins leader (1949, 1950, 1953, 1957-1961)
  • 3-time NL ERA leader (1947, 1953, 1961)
  • World Series Champion (1957)
  • Atlanta Braves #21 retired
  • Major League Baseball All-Century Team
Warren Spahn won his 300th career victory on August 11, 1962 at County Stadium against the Chicago Cubs 

2003 Guthrie, Ok
4th Annual Warren Spahn Award pictorial postmark

"Spahn & Sain Pray for Rain"
Sept 3, 1989 Sturbridge, Ma commemorative postmark
Wild Horse cachet

In 1948 the Boston Braves on the National League Pennant. Two pitchers, Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain won a combined 39 games to lead the team to victory.
Boston Post writer Gerald Hern wrote the following poem in honor of the pitchers and the lack of depth in the rotation

"First we'll use Spahn
thence'll use Sain
then an off day
followed by rain
Back will come Spahn
followed by Sain
And followed
we hope
by two days of rain"

1969 Baseball Centennial
handpainted cachet by Emrick Cachets

Friday, July 2, 2021

Tokyo Summer Olympics - 2021

June 5, 2021

The German Postal Service (Deutsche Post) in collaboration with the German Sport Foundation has produced a series of stamps for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been scheduled to 2021 due to the world-wide pandemic

postmark used for the German Olympic issues


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Netherlands - Honkbal Week

July 1968 Haarlem, Netherlands
Pim Muelier Sportpark
International Honkbal week - baseball tournament

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Edwin Jackson - No-Hit Game

June 25, 2010 St Petersburg, Fl - Tropicana Field
Arizona 1-0 Tampa Bay

Arizona scored a lone run in the second inning on an Adam LaRoche home run, as Edwin Jackson threw a no-hit game for the Diamondbacks. Jackson struck out 6, while walking 8 batters to bring his record to 5-6
Jeff Nieman took the loss for the Tampa Bay Rays pitching 6.2 innings giving up 6 hits, striking out 8, walking 2

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Yogi Berra - New Jersey Jackals

June 24, 2021 Little Falls, NJ
Yogi Berra Stadium

Just as I have done with my children, when we are on the field, we take a dirt smudge. This smudge was taken from the back of the pitchers mound. Following the Yogi Berra stamp ceremony, the field was open to fans to run the bases, have a catch, sit in the dugouts... and enjoy the atmosphere of baseball
The Stadium and Museum a seen from the left field foul pole. The red arrow shows Yogi's private suite for watching New Jersey Jackals games from inside the Museum

bullpen bench, as left after the last game


Roy Campanella - Yogi Berra

dual fist day cover for Roy Campanella 2006 and Yogi Berra 2021
hand drawn Yogi cachet
in my family Roy Campanella was the best catcher in New York, they followed the Dodgers
The Dodgers left when I was growing up, so I followed the Yankees and Berra was better known to me
I originally honored Berra with this cachet on the Campanella cover and have now truly been able to add Yogi


Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center official cachet
USPS color first day postmark
signed by Larry Berra and Paul Borghese (portrayed Yogi in the film 61*)
Tim Berra, Bruce Harper (NY Jets) Rick Cerone

Also in attendance at the ceremony were Willie Randolph, members of Larry Doby's family, members of Whitey Ford's family


Yogi Berra


June 24, 2021 Little Falls, NJ
Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

Bob Costas - ceremony host
Broadway Star Jelani Remy - National Anthem
Unveiling - Costas, Ron Bloom, Larry Berra, Tim Berra, Dale Berra