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American Sports Issue: Gehrig

The Postal Service issued a Lou Gehrig commemorative stamp on June 10, 1989, in Cooperstown, New York. Gehrig was known as the 'Iron Horse' and played an incredible 2, 130 consecutive games, leaving a mark on the game and its fans that has yet to be broken.

As cleanup hitter behind Babe Ruth, Gehrig was the right hook in the most devastating one-two punch the game has known. In thirteen consecutive seasons, Gehrig drove in 100 or more runs and bettered 150 RBIs on seven occasions, setting an American League record with 184 in 1931. He later became the first twentieth-century player to hit four consecutive home runs in one game.

The stamp, issued in panes of fifty, was printed by the American Bank Note Company using the photogravure process.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (May 11, 1989).


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