Sports

 Greece #125 was issued in 1896 to promote the games and pictures statue Hermes of Praxiteles.
April 6, 1896

1st Modern Olympic Games 

The first Olympic Games in 1,500 years began on April 6, 1896, in Athens, Greece. Pierre de Coubertin had founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and worked to revive the Olympic Games to promote peace and stability.

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 U.S. #C56 was issued for the 3rd Pan-American Games held in Chicago.
February 25, 1951

First Pan-American Games

After nearly two decades of planning, the first Pan-American Games were held on February 25, 1951.

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 U.S. #2016 – Robinson was the 5th honoree in the Black Heritage series.
January 31, 1919

Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia.

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 Item #M9118 – Ali was dubbed “The Greatest,” “The People’s Champion,” and “The Louisville Lip.”
October 30, 1974

Ali Wins the “Rumble in the Jungle”

On October 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali faced off against heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle.”

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 U.S. #2496 – Owens claimed the secret to his success was that “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.”
September 12, 1913

Birth of Superstar Athlete Jesse Owens 

Born on September 12, 1913, Jesse Owens broke several track and field records and won four Olympic gold medals. He was ranked as the greatest athlete in the history of his sport.

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 U.S. #2417
August 20, 1938

Lou Gehrig Hits Record 23rd Grand Slam 

Stepping up to bat in the first inning with the bases loaded, Lou Gehrig hit the 23rd grand slam of his career on August 20, 1938.

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 U.S. #2046
August 11, 1929

Babe Ruth Becomes First Player to Hit 500 Home Runs 

Hitting the first pitch he saw, Babe Ruth made history on August 11, 1929, becoming the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs.

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July 18th, 1927

Ty Cobb Becomes First Member of the 4,000 Hit Club 

Baseball player Ty Cobb got his 4,000th hit, a first in the sport’s history, on July 18, 1927.

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 U.S. #4697
July 16th, 1941

Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio Sets 56-Game Hitting Streak 

On July 16, 1941, Joe DiMaggio entered the record books hitting in 56 straight games, a record that still stands today.

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