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 BASEBALL 1939 issue, which celebrates the 100th Anniversary of America's National Pastime.The cover is an FDC with a Washington Stamp Exchange cachet, postmaked from Cooperstown NY (the home of Baseball) on June 12,1939.Names and addresses are removed from the covers prior to posting to protect individuals privacy.

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LEGENDS OF BASEBALL SERIES 2000.The Legends of Baseball is a collection created by the US Postal Service to Honor the "All Century Team". We all have our favorites that we grew up with, but you have to agree this group are some of the Greatest in the Game.....Click any cover below to get full BIO and pictures at Wikipedia.com




CATCHERS
 

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Gordon Stanley "Mickey" Cochrane (April 6, 1903 – June 28, 1962),  Catcher-
Career highlights and awards
Batting average     .320
Home runs     119
Runs batted in     832
Teams ; As player
Philadelphia Athletics (1925–1933)
Detroit Tigers (1934–1937)
As manager
Detroit Tigers (1934–1938) 


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Joshua Gibson (December 21, 1911 – January 20, 1947) Catcher-Career highlights and awards
10× All-Star (1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946-Griffith, 1946-Comiskey)
2× Negro League World Series champion (1943, 1944)
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame 
Batting average     .359
Slugging percentage     .648
Teams
Homestead Grays (1930–1931)
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932–1936)
Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo (1937)
Homestead Grays (1937–1939)
Azules de Veracruz (1940–1941)
Homestead Grays (1942–1946)



PITCHERS

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Denton True "Cy" Young (March 29, 1867 – November 4, 1955) , Pitcher-
Career highlights and awards
World Series champion (1903)
Pitched a Perfect Game on May 5, 1904 against the Philadelphia Athletics
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
MLB Records
511 career wins
7,354 2/3 innings pitched
815 career games started
749 career complete games 
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame  
Teams
Cleveland Spiders (1890–1898)
St. Louis Perfectos (1899–1900)
Boston Americans / Red Sox (1901–1908)
Cleveland Naps (1909–1911)
Boston Rustlers (1911)

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    Christopher "Christy" Mathewson (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1925), Pitcher
Career highlights and awards ;
World Series champion (1905)
373 career wins (3rd all-time)
2.13 career ERA (8th all-time)
1.059 career WHIP (5th all time)
Won 20 games or more 13 times, won 30 games or more 4 times.
Pitched 79 shutouts (3rd all time)
Won NL Pitcher's Triple Crown in 1905 and 1908
Five-time ERA champion (1905, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1913)
Five-time strikeout champion (1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1908)
Pitched two no-hitters.
Name honored by the Giants.
Major League Baseball All-Century Team 
  Member of the National Baseball Hall of FameAs Player
Teams
New York Giants (1900–1916)
Cincinnati Reds (1916)
As Manager
Cincinnati Reds (1916–1918)

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Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887–December 10, 1946), Pitcher
 Career highlights and awards
2× AL MVP (1913, 1924)
World Series champion (1924)
All-time major league leader in shutouts (110)
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame   
Teams ; As Player
Washington Senators (1907-1927)
As Manager
Washington Senators (1929-1932)
Cleveland Indians (1933-1935)

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Robert Moses "Lefty" Grove (March 6, 1900 – May 22, 1975)-Pitcher
Career highlights and awards

Win-Loss record     300-141
Earned run average     3.06
Strikeouts     2,266
6× All-Star selection (1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939)
2× World Series champion (1929, 1930)
1931 AL MVP
Major League Baseball All-Century Team 
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Teams
Philadelphia Athletics (1925–1933)
Boston Red Sox (1934–1941)

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Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982)-
Career highlights and awards
2× MLB All-Star (AL) (1952, 1953)
5× Negro League All-Star (1934, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1943)
World Series champion (1948)
Negro League World Series champion (1942)
First Negro leagues player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1971)
Mobile Sports Hall of Fame (1990) 
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame  
Negro leagues (partial list)
Birmingham Black Barons(1927–1930)
Baltimore Black Sox (1930)
Cleveland Cubs ( 1931)
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932–1934, 1936)
Kansas City Monarchs (1935, 1940–1947)
Trujillo All-Stars (1937)
New York Black Yankees (1941)
Memphis Red Sox (1943)
Major League Baseball
Cleveland Indians (1948–1949)
St. Louis Browns (1951–1953)
Kansas City Athletics (1965)
Other
Bismarck (1933, 1935)
Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo (1937)
Agrario de México (1938)
Minor leagues (1956–1958, 1961, 1966

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 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean  (January 16, 1910 – July 17, 1974) Pitcher
Career highlights and awards
4× All-Star selection (1934, 1935, 1936, 1937)
World Series champion (1934)
1934 NL MVP
St. Louis Cardinals #17 retired
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
St. Louis Cardinals (1930, 1932–1937)
Chicago Cubs (1938–1941)
St. Louis Browns (1947)



OUTFIELDERS

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Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (December 18, 1886 – July 17, 1961), Outfielder-Career highlights and awards
1911 AL MVP
.367 career batting average (highest ever)
54 career steals of home (most all time)
Won 12 batting titles, including 9 in a row from 1907 thru 1915.
Third all time in stolen bases with 892.
Second in runs scored with 2,245.
Second in career hits with 4,191.
Batted under .320 only once in his career.
Batted over .400 three times.
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame   
Batting average     .366
Hits     4189
Home runs     117
RBIs     1,939
Teams ; As player
Detroit Tigers (1905–1926)
Philadelphia Athletics (1927–1928)
As manager
Detroit Tigers (1921–1926)

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Tristram E. Speaker (April 4, 1888 - December 8, 1958), Outfielder/Manager-Career highlights and awards
World Series champion: 1912, 1915, 1920
Most career doubles (792)
Most career outfield assists (449)
Fifth highest lifetime major-league batting average (.345)
Fifth in career hits
Sixth in career triples
Eighth in career runs
Led American League in batting 1 time
Led American League in slugging percentage 1 time
Led American League in on base percentage 4 times
Led American League in hits 1 time
Led American League in total bases 1 time
Led American League in doubles 8 times
Led American League in home runs 1 time
Led American League outfielders in putouts 7 times
Led American League outfielders in double plays 6 times
Led American League outfielders in assists 3 times
Led American League outfielders in fielding average 2 times
Batted over .380 five times
Struck out only 220 times in 10,195 at-bats
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame   
Teams ; As Player
Boston Red Sox (1907-1915)
Cleveland Indians (1916-1926)
Washington Senators (1927)
Philadelpia Athletics (1928)
As Manager
Cleveland Indians (1919-1926)

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George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6,1895-August16,1948)
Outfielder / Pitcher- Career highlights and
awards
2× All-Star selection (1933, 1934)
7× World Series champion (1915, 1916, 1918, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932)
1923 AL MVP
New York Yankees #3 retired
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
Ranks in the top 10 of numerous career statistics
MLB Records
.690 career slugging %
1.164 career OPS
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame  
Batting average     .342
Home runs     714
Hits     2,873
Runs batted in     2,217
Win–Loss record     94–46
Earned run average     2.28
Teams
Boston Red Sox (1914–1919)
New York Yankees (1920–1934)
Boston Braves (1935)

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Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) Right fielder-Career highlights and awards
12× All-Star selection (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)
2× World Series champion (1960, 1971)
12× Gold Glove Award winner (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971,

1972)
1966 NL MVP
1971 World Series MVP
1971 Babe Ruth Award
Pittsburgh Pirates #21 retired
 Member of the National  Baseball Hall of Fame   
Batting average     .317
Hits     3,000
Home runs     240
Runs batted in     1,305
Teams
Pittsburgh Pirates (1955–1972)



INFIELDERS

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Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner  February 24, 1874 – December 6, 1955, Shortstop-played in the

National League from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Career statistics:
G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS+
2,792 10,430 3,415 640 252 101 1,736 1,732 963 327 .327 .391 .466 150

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Edward Trowbridge Collins, Sr. (May 2, 1887 – March 25, 1951), Second Baseman-Career highlights and awards
1914 AL MVP
10th on the all-time hit list with 3,315
6th all-time in career stolen bases with 744
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame   
Batting average     .333
Hits     3,315
Stolen bases     744
Teams ; As Player
Philadelphia Athletics (1906-1914, 1927-1930)
Chicago White Sox (1915-1926)
As Manager
Chicago White Sox (1924-1926)

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Rogers Hornsby (April 27, 1896 – January 5, 1963),Second baseman / ManagerCareer highlights and awards
2× NL MVP (1925, 1929)
World Series champion (1926)
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame   
Batting average     .358
Hits     2,930
Home runs     301
Teams ; As Player
St. Louis Cardinals (1915-1926, 1933)
New York Giants (1927)
Boston Braves (1928)
Chicago Cubs (1929-1932)
St. Louis Browns (1933-1937

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George Harold Sisler (March 24, 1893 - March 261973)
FirstBaseman-Career highlights and awards Awards
1922 American League MVP
American League Batting Champion: 1920, 1922
Notable achievements
Led the league in runs scored: 1922 (134)
Led the league in hits: 1920 (257), 1922 (246)
Led the league in stolen bases: 1918 (45), 1921 (35), 1922 (51), 1927 (27)
41-game hitting streak in 1922
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame 
Teams; As Player
St. Louis Browns (1915-1927)
Washington Senators (1928)
Boston Braves (1928-1930)
As Manager
St. Louis Browns (1924-1926)

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Harold Joseph "Pie" Traynor (November 11, 1899 - March 16, 1972) Third baseman-Career highlights and awards
2× All-Star selection (1933, 1934)
World Series champion (1925)
Pittsburgh Pirates #20 retired
 
Teams; As player
Pittsburgh Pirates (1920–1937)

As manager
Pittsburgh Pirates (1934–1939

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Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941)
First baseman -Career highlights and awards
7× All-Star selection (1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939)
6× World Series champion (1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938)
2× AL MVP (1927, 1936)
Hit four home runs in one game on June 3, 1932
New York Yankees team captain (1935–1939)
New York Yankees #4 retired
Major League Baseball All-Century Team 
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame   
Batting average     .340
Home runs     493
Hits     2,721
Runs batted in     1,995
Teams
New York Yankees (1923–1939)

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James Emory "Jimmie" Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967) First baseman-Career highlights and awards
9× All-Star selection (1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941)
2× World Series champion (1929, 1930)
3× AL MVP (1932, 1933, 1938)
 Member of the National  Baseball Hall of Fame
Batting average     .325
Home runs     534
Hits     2,646
Runs batted in     1,922
Teams
Philadelphia Athletics (1925–1935)
Boston Red Sox (1936–1942)
Chicago Cubs (1942, 1944)
Philadelphia Phillies (1945)

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Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) Second baseman-Career highlights and awards
6× All-Star selection (1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954)
World Series champion (1955)
1947 MLB Rookie of the Year
1949 NL MVP
Jersey number 42 retired by all MLB teams
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
 Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame   
Batting average     .311
Hits     1,518
Home runs     137
Runs batted in     734
Stolen bases     197
Teams
Brooklyn Dodgers (1947–1956)

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