The first day of stamp issue event takes place on June 24
LOOK: Flagship video of the life of Yogi Berra made for his induction into the Saint-Louis Hall of Fame in 2009.
The U.S. Postal Service will honor Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and American icon Yogi Berra with a commemorative Forever stamp. News from the stamp is shared with the hashtags #YogiBerraStamp and #BaseballStamps.
Ron A. Bloom, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service; Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General and CEO, US Postal Service; and Emmy Award-winning sports presenter Bob Costas will be in attendance at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on June 24 for the stamp’s first day event.
Beloved by fans across the country, Yogi Berra (1925-2015) was one of the greatest Major League Baseball players of all time. Berra won a record 10 World Series with the New York Yankees, a record that will never be broken, and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Over the course of his career, Berra has won three AL MVP awards and was an MLB All-Star 18 times. Considered the top receiver in the American League in the 1950s, he was also a dreaded hitter, averaging better than .300 on four occasions – finishing with a lifetime average of .285 – hitting 100 points on five occasions and hitting 358 home runs.
Artistic Director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original art by Charles Chaisson. The artist first sketched the image with graphite and pastel oil pencils. He then scanned the image and finished the portrait digitally by applying layers of color to add highlights and detail. Michael Doret designed and created the lettering of “Yogi Berra” in blue writing under the image of the player.
The Yogi Berra stamp is issued as a Forever stamp in increments of 20. These Forever stamps will always have a value equal to the current price of 1 ounce First Class Mail. Customers can purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the postal store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at post offices nationwide.
SERVED HIS COUNTRY WITH DISTINCTION
Berra’s first professional baseball career was cut short by World War II. As 19-year-old U.S. Navy Second Class Seaman Lawrence P. Berra, Yogi was instrumental in the invasion of Normandy.
A gunner, he was part of a six-man crew on the USS Bayfield, a Navy rocket, firing machine guns and launching rockets at German defenses at Omaha Beach. He was shot, but was not hit, and subsequently received several praise for his bravery.
MANY CONSIDERED THE LARGEST SENSOR EVER
Berra is considered by many to be the greatest catcher in baseball history. He has appeared in more World Series games than any other major league player, has been the American League’s MVP three times, and has appeared in 15 straight all-star games.
As a manager, he led the Yankees and Mets to pennants.
Berra’s diamond prowess was celebrated with her induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 and her selection in 1999 as a member of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, chosen by popular vote of fans.
BELOVED AND OFTEN CITED AMERICAN ICN
As well as being one of the greatest players of all time on the pitch, he was also one of the most colorful and cited characters in the sport. Berra holds a special place in the American vernacular for “Yogi-ismsPhrases common in popular culture, including “It’s not over until it’s over” and “This is once again déjà vu.” “
Over the years, my brother Tom and I have had the pleasure of spending time with Uncle Yogi and Aunt Carmen here in Florida on their annual spring training trips and at their home in Montclair, New Jersey.
On one of our trips to Montclair, we were driving home from the museum when he stopped and said, “This is the famous fork in the road.”
Tom and I looked at each other puzzled and asked Yogi what he was talking about. He pointed out to us that the street in his neighborhood ended with a “T” so you had to go right or left.
It turns out that the two streets merge after making a wide circle through the neighborhood and Carmen and Yogi’s house was equidistant around the T circle.
After the “Aha” moment arose, Yogi’s oft-quoted direction to friends coming to his house, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it,” made perfect sense to both of us.
If we add very analytical and logical (in her own way) to modest, genuine, good-hearted, and affable, we begin to understand why Berra was one of the most loved and frequently cited people in our life – perhaps in the story.
INTEGRITY, HUMILITY AND CONTAGIOUS GOOD MOOD
A statement from the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Montclair, New Jersey best describes his life and contribution:
“Yogi has led his life with an infectious integrity, humility and good humor that has elevated him from baseball legend to beloved national icon. Despite all his accolades and honors as a player, coach and mentor, he is remained completely true to himself – a rare example of genuine character excellence and an enduring role model for his peers, audience and the thousands of children who visit the YBMLC each year to participate in programs inspired by his values.