Black Baseball Greats Immortalized on Stamps

Larry Doby and Willie Stargell are among those being honored on individual Forever Stamp sheets.

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After the U.S. Postal Service made a recent announcement that it would honor Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell and Ted Williams collectively on a single sheet of 20 Forever Stamps, there was overwhelming demand from baseball fans for sheets of 20 stamps honoring each player individually. Starting on July 21, you'll be able to buy a set honoring just your favorite iconic athlete.

"We've heard from Indians, Pirates, Red Sox and Yankees fans, and we're stepping up to the plate to immortalize their revered players individually," said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Manager Stephen Kearney. "We have a limited quantity of individual-player stamp sheets ready to fill all preorders now for shipment on July 21 -- with these orders getting top priority," he added.

Black-history and black-sports buffs will likely buy up the sheets featuring Larry Doby, the first African American to play in the American League, and Willie Stargell, who powered the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series title.

The stamps were designed by artist-illustrator Kadir Nelson of Los Angeles and are based on historic photographs.

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