Ted Williams, Willie Stargell, Joe DiMaggio honored on new U.S. Postal Service forever stamps


This handout image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows a soon-to-be released forever stamp that is part of a new “Major League Baseball All Stars” commemorative collection. The stamps will debut in July 2012. (AP/AP)

The U.S. Postal Service is releasing a series of “Major League Baseball All Stars” commemorative forever stamps featuring Williams, which will remain equal in value to the current first-class mail one-ounce rate for all of eternity.

The set of five stamps features baseball legends Ted Williams, Willie Stargell, Joe DiMaggio and Lary Doby and will be on sale in July 2012.

Williams is the last baseball player to hit .400 for the season and owned a .344 average over his 19-year career. Stargell won a pair of World Series titles with the Pittsburgh Pirates — his lone team during a 21-year career — was voted to the All-Star game seven times and won the 1979 National League and World Series MVP awards. DiMaggio is best known for his 56-game hit streak, but he helped the New York Yankees to nine World Series titles, earning three AL MVP awards along the way. Doby was the second black player to play in the majors and the first to play in the American League. He appeared in seven All-Star games and helped the 1948 Cleveland Indians capture their last World Series title.

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