20c Babe Ruth stamp

United States Postal Service1983-07-06

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, United States

A 20-cent commemorative stamp honoring baseball great Babe Ruth was issued July 6, 1983, in Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary year of the All-Star Game in which Ruth hit the first home run, scoring two runs and winning the game.

The dedication ceremony for the stamp was held on July 5, during the Old Timers Game at Comiskey Park, site of the first All-Star Game in 1933.

The Babe Ruth Stamp design, by Richard Gangel of Weston, Connecticut, was based on a classic photograph of Ruth with feet spread apart and bat pointed almost straight up. He is looking toward the fences following a home run swing. Esther Porter modeled the stamp.

The stamp was the third in the American Sports Series begun in 1981 with stamps honoring golfer Bobby Jones and all-around athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

The stamp was printed in the intaglio process, with fifty stamps per pane.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (June 2, 1983)

Scott Catalogue USA: 2046

Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Museum ID: 1999.2004.303


  • Title: 20c Babe Ruth stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 1983-07-06
  • Medium: paper; ink (blue); adhesive / engraving

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps