Sports

2004 23¢ Distinguished Americans: Wilma Rudolph
June 23, 1940

Birth of Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Glodean Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940, in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee. Dubbed “The Fastest Woman in History,” she became the first female athlete to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. 

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2021 55¢ Yogi Berra
May 12, 1925

Birth of Yogi Berra

Lorenzo Pietro “Yogi” Berra was born on May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri.  He is widely considered to be one of baseball’s greatest catchers and best clutch hitters of all time.  

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2000 33¢ Legends of Baseball: Eddie Collins
May 2, 1887

Birth of Eddie Collins

Edward Trowbridge Collins was born on May 2, 1887, in Millerton, New York.  Playing 25 seasons in the major leagues, he played in six World Series, still holds several records, and is considered one of the best second basemen in the sport’s history.

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2000 33¢ Legends of Baseball: Lefty Grove
March 6, 1900

Birth of “Lefty” Grove

Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove was born on March 6, 1900, in Lonaconing, Maryland. Considered one of the greatest pitchers in history, he was a six-time All-Star, American League MVP, nine-time ERA leader, four-time wins leader, and two-time Triple Crown winner.

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1980 15¢ Winter Olympics: Hockey
February 22, 1980

The Miracle on Ice

On February 22, 1980, the US men’s hockey team scored an unexpected victory over a more experienced Soviet team at the Winter Olympics. The victory was one of the most memorable moments of those games and in all of sports history.

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1984 20¢ 14th Winter Olympic Games
February 8, 1984

Opening of 1984 Winter Olympics

The 1984 Winter Olympic Games opened in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia), on February 8, 1984. These were the first Winter Games – and the second Olympics – held in a Communist state.

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1990 25¢ Olympians: Hazel Wightman stamp
December 20, 1886

Birth of Hazel Wightman

Olympic tennis star Hazel Virginia Hotchkiss Wightman was born on December 20, 1886, in Healdsburg, California. She won two Olympic gold medals, in addition to many US titles and has been called the “Queen Mother of American Tennis.”

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2012 45¢ Larry Doby stamp
December 13, 1923

Birth of Larry Doby

Lawrence Eugene Doby was born on December 13, 1923, in Camden, South Carolina. Doby was the second black player in Major League Baseball, the first in the American League, and the first to make it directly to the majors.

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2013 Black Heritage: Althea Gibson stamp
August 25, 1927

Birth of Althea Gibson

Althea Neale Gibson was born on August 25, 1927, in Silver, South Carolina. Gibson made history by becoming the first African American to win a Wimbledon title. She’s been called the “female Jackie Robinson” for her role in breaking the color barrier in professional tennis.

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