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Joe DiMaggio slides into USPS forever stamp

Bronx Times

Another home run for a Yankees great.

Joe DiMaggio, already immortalized in history books, will live on forever thanks to the US Postal Service.

A forever stamp bearing his name will be unveilved on Saturday, July 21 at the Bronx General Post Office at 558 Grand Concourse.

The Bronx Borough President’s office will join officials with the United States Postal Service in presenting the stamp to the public at a ceremony described as a “double-header”.

On top of the new stamp, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will also proclaim July 21 as Joe DiMaggio Day in the borough.

“On behalf of all Bronxites, we will cement the ‘Yankee Clipper’s’ place in Bronx history,” said Diaz Jr., himself a lifelong Yankees fan.

The postal service’s customer advisory council chose DiMaggio to be placed on the stamp after reviewing hundreds of proposals.

The stamp features DiMaggio at home plate ready to hit a ball out of the park.

Stamp sheets will be available the same day of the unveiling in the Bronx with limited quantities going on sale nationwide on July 23.

DiMaggio fans are welcome to stop by the Bronx General Post Office to have their items signed by special guests including members of the DiMaggio family, though officials warn that space will be limited.

“It’s a great honor for New York City and a homage to the Bronx,” said Raschelle Parker, USPS New York District Marketing Manager.

Nicknamed “Joltin” Joe and “The Yankee Clipper”, DiMaggio dedicated his entire 13-year career as center fielder for the Bronx Bombers.

Known for his 56-game hitting streak in 1941, DiMaggio lead the Yanks to ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships.

Retiring in 1951, the three-time MVP winner and 13-time All-Star was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame four years later.

He died in 1999, but his legend lives forever.

Reach reporter David Cruz at 718-742-3383 or dcruz@cnglocal.com.

David Cruz can be reach via e-mail at DCruz@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 742-3383

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