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The New Ted Williams Stamp ~ Finally!

Thanks to the efforts of fellow blogger Ernie Paicopolos and others, Ted Williams will be included as part of a set of baseball players to be honored on a U. S. postage stamp next year.

What I like best about the stamp, besides Ted Williams being one of my very favorite players, is that its a Forever Stamp.  So, assuming the price will still be .44 cents when it’s issued (good luck),  it’s value is the First-Class Mail stamp postage rate for a one ounce letter at the time of use.

"Take Me out to the Ball Game" Stamps

In 2007  I purchased five sheets of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” stamps at .42 per stamp.  They were issued in celebration of 100 years of “Take Me out to the Ball Game” the song.   I used the first four sheets at which time First Class postage was raised, which meant I had to add postage to use the stamp.  I framed the remaining sheet and added it to my baseball memorabilia collection for posterity.   I’ll probably do the same with my new Ted Williams stamp because even though it’s a Forever stamp, they’ll only issue them for a  limited time.

Here’s the original post from  Ernie Paicopolos over at “Fenway Nation“.

It was a long time coming, but the U.S. Postal Service today approved a Ted Williams stamp—to be joined in a series with stamps for Larry Doby, Willie Stargell and Joe DiMaggio.

Thousands of fans from around the world helped in the effort to get this stamp approved, but none more than Bruce Donahue—past president of the BoSox Club. He deserves the lion’s share of credit for persevering through all the ups and downs of the approval process. Congratulations, Bruce!

Also, a quick thanks to all the readers of FenwayNation who took the time to sign the petition we posted supporting the stamp effort. Over a thousand signatures were gathered and sent to the Postal Service.

Most importantly, a great Red Sox player and a great American is finally being honored with a commemorative stamp.

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The Good Old Days you say? How About Here and Now?

Sully’s at it again.  He takes us from the beginning right up to today and lets us know what’s not so good about baseball back then and what’s so good about it  now, today.  And I have to agree with him although I have to admit my fondest memories are still of  Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Joe DiMaggio.   Take a look and see what you think.   Thanks again Sully.  I love this kind of stuff!

Paul Sullivan’s website:  http://sullybaseball.blogspot.com/

Day 3. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY.

 Monday, June 28, 2010.     All aboard at 9:00AM for a 3 hour bus ride from Westpoint NY to Cooperstown, located

Upstate New York Countryside

in upstate New York.    Our tour group includes 4 Canadians, and 8 from the Pacific Northwest and California, and we all agreed if we didn’t know better, we hadn’t even left the West Coast!    Same beautiful  countryside and landscapes of fir trees, alders, blue spruce and foliage.   If you’ve ever been to the midwest or southern part of the U. S. you’d know how different it can be, but not so on the Western  and Eastern part of the U. S.  Only when you step outside the bus does that difference end!  Lucky for us it was overcast, and we were even blessed with a few sprinkles of rain!   So the weather was great after a few grueling days of heat and humidity.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown is a real treat for anyone who loves baseball.   When we arrived in town, Dan informed us we had 7 hours free time and I was concerned about what I was possibly going to do for 7 hours in a town that’s about 5 blocks long!    But not to worry.  The first time I looked at my watch, 4 hours had passed and I realized I’d better get in gear if I was going to be able to see all the things I wanted.  

National Baseball Hall of Fame

First item was a 20 minute movie presentation in the Hall of Fame Theater.   I loved it but it ended much too soon.   I was disappointed when it was over.  It had a lot of the same shots in my earlier blog of  Fogerty’s “Centerfield” plus some I’d never seen before.    Fogerty’s “Centerfield” is one of my alltime favorite baseball pieces and I was thrilled to find out he’s going to be honored for this and also performing it at this year’s HOF Induction Ceremonies in July.   Well deserved honor in my humble opinion. These baseball movies about days past and the history of baseball are always really emotional for me.  I don’t know why, can’t explain it.  But it set the tone for the rest of the tour.  Also throughout the day there were Little League Baseball Teams from throughout the country competing at the Doubleday Baseball Field next to the Museum.   It’s the same field that was used for filming most of the movie “A League of Their Own.”  Each team must post a $2,000 entrance fee to be able to compete.   These games continue throughout the summer and  it was great to see all the kids in uniform and organized groups throughout the day, having their team pictures taken on the steps of the HOF Museum.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum collections feature more than 38,000 three-dimensional items, three million books and documents and 500,000 photographs. The Museum tells visitors the story of baseball through its three-story timeline, with the majestic Plaque Gallery serving as a centerpiece.  The time flew by and before I knew it it was time to head back to the bus.   Unreal.   How can time go by so fast?   Also wanted to share this “day in history” ditty with you about Joe DiMaggio.  I’ll write again tomorrow from Yankee Stadium! 

This Day in Baseball History

On June 28, 1949, future Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio makes his season debut after missing the first 69 games of the season with an injured heel. Showing no signs of rust, DiMaggio swats a home run and a single in the New York Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox.   Similar to the Ted Williams ditty I posted a month ago, where do these guys come from?   Just thought it was interesting and wanted to share.