2006 39¢ Baseball Sluggers: Hank Greenberg
January 1, 1911,

Happy Birthday “Hammerin’ Hank”

On January 1, 1911, Henry Benjamin Greenberg was born in New York City, New York. One of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, he put his career on hold to serve 47 months with the Army during World War II, the most of any major league player.

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2006 39¢ Baseball Sluggers: Roy Campanella
November 19, 1921

Birth of Roy Campanella

Roy “Campy” Campanella was born on November 19, 1921, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Considered one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, he was the first catcher to break organized baseball’s color line when he debuted in the Majors in 1948.

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2006 39¢ Baseball Sluggers: Mickey Mantle
October 20, 1931

Birth of Mickey Mantle

Mickey Charles Mantle was born on October 20, 1931, in Spavinaw, Oklahoma.  Considered the best switch hitter in history, he was a Triple Crown winner, won seven World Series, and was a three-time MVP.

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1983 20¢ George
September 30, 1927

Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth became the first baseball player in US history to hit 60 home runs. His record would stand for 34 years, but it remains a historic moment in sports history.

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1999 33¢ Celebrate the Century - 1960s: Roger Maris Breaks 61 in '61
September 10, 1934

Happy Birthday, Roger Maris

Baseball player Roger Eugene Maris was born on September 10, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesota.  He went on to break Babe Ruth’s home run record – and his own record stood for over 35 years.

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 US #3408i – from the Legends of Baseball Issued
November 6, 1887

Birth of Walter Johnson

Baseball pitcher Walter “The Big Train” Johnson was born on November 6, 1887, in Humboldt, Kansas. Johnson’s family moved to Olinda, California in 1902. 

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 US #4341 was issued for the song’s 100th anniversary in 2008.
May 2, 1908

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” 

On May 2, 1908, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was submitted to the US Copyright Office.  Neither of the men involved in its creation had ever seen a baseball game.

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 U.S. #2046 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game.
December 26, 1919

The Curse of the Bambino 

On December 26, 1919, Babe Ruth was sold by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees, ushering in the long-standing superstitious Curse of the Bambino.

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 U.S. #3408m from the Legends of Baseball issue.
November 4, 1955

Death of Cy Young 

On November 4, 1955, baseball legend Cy Young died in Newcomerstown, Ohio.

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