23 March 2022
The National Postal Museum’s new exhibition “Baseball: America’s Home Run” explores America’s national pastime through the unique lens of stamps and mail.
On view from 9 April until 5 January 2025, the exhibition features hundreds of U.S. and international stamps commemorating great players and historic moments, and drawing on original artwork and archival material from the U.S. Postal Service’s esteemed Postmaster General’s Collection, the exhibition approaches the story of baseball from a unique, worldwide perspective.
The display of stamps and mail will be complemented by dozens of objects loaned by other Smithsonian museums, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, law enforcement agencies and renowned private collections that have never before been on public display.
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Of the more than sixty baseball stamps issued by the United States since 1939, the vast majority commemorate individual players. Many of these postal portraits feature specially commissioned artwork designed to mimic the look and feel of classic baseball cards and recall players whose achievements on and off the field made them household names.
'We are proud to have Institution-wide cooperation from the Smithsonian, participation from the greatest organisations dedicated to the sport of baseball and support from businesses and private collectors who love the game,' said Elliot Gruber, director of the museum.
'I would like to offer special thanks to the lead sponsors of the exhibition—the Washington Nationals Ball Club, Heritage Auctions, Milwaukee Tool, the National Postal Museum Society, Ricos Products Co. and Smithsonian-published author Stephen Tsi Chuen Wong who also serves as honorary advisor to the exhibition, for their generous support.'
A special website makes available the stories, themes and historical artefacts presented in the exhibition.