42c Baseball Players stamp

United States Postal Service2008-07-16

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

On July 16, 2008, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service issued a 42-cent Take Me Out to the Ball Game commemorative stamp in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty. Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, designed the stamp.

This issuance commemorates the 100th anniversary of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," one of the most popular baseball songs of all time. For decades, the song's catchy chorus has been part of the musical tradition at ballparks around the country, especially during the seventh-inning stretch. The song was born on a New York City train in the summer of 1908, when passenger Jack Norworth (1879-1959), an actor, singer, and songwriter who had never attended a major league ball game, saw a sign about an upcoming game at the Polo Grounds. Suddenly inspired, he took out a piece of paper and began dashing off lines about a fictional fan.

Seventy-five million stamps were printed in the gravure process by Avery Dennison, (ARV), Clinton, South Carolina.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (June 19, 2008)

Scott Catalogue USA: 4341

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Museum ID: 2009.2001.24

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  • Title: 42c Baseball Players stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 2008-07-16
  • Medium: paper; ink / photogravure