Sunday, February 19, 2012

Buck Leonard

Babe Ruth first day cover signed by Bill Terry and Buck Leonard. (both obtained through the mail)
Bill Terry (1898-1989) Major League first baseman and manager with the New York Giants, 1923-1941. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 1954...
Buck Leonard (1907-1997)  played for the Homestead Grays 1934-1950, Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 1972 by the Negro Leagues Committee...
A 3-time Negro League World Series champion, 12-time All-Star, Leonard also played for Indios de Mayaguez, 1940-41, Algodoneros de Terreon, 1951-53, Minor Leagues 1953, Durango 1955.

Upon receiving the above cover autographed by Buck Leonard the above typed note was sent along with the cover.

Dear Baseball Fan:
I Have recently had a stroke and am recovering from it now. I am walking, but it will take some time before I am fully recovered.
I am learning how to write with my throwing hand (Left hand), but will you please hold off on your autograph requests until at least January. Would you also please just send one item.
Thank you very much for your interest in me.
Walter F. (Buck) Leonard

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rube Foster - Negro Leagues

July 15, 2010...the USPS issued 2 stamps to honor Rube Foster and the Negro Leagues, which operated from 1920 into the 1960s. The se-tenant stamp features a scene painted by Kadir Nelson...
The stamps were issued at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Mo. In attendance as honored guests to the dedication ceremony were Mamie "Peanut" Johnson and Cleophus Brown...

Original sketch of the stamp design by Kadir Nelson, as shown on the site Beyond the Perf.
The US Postal service decided not to focus on one particular player, especially since Josh Gibson, Stachel Paige and Jackie Robinson had recently been honored as part of the Legends of Baseball, 2000. Working with art director Howard Paine, Nelson choose to create a se-tenant design with the image stretching across both stamps. The left-hand stamp shows the excitement of the game, while the right-hand stamp features Rube Foster, founder of the first successful Negro baseball league.