For those who couldn’t be here today, there was a very nice pregame ceremony today to unveil the Roy Campanella stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. The set of four stamps also includes Hank Greenberg, Mel Ott and Mickey Mantle. During the pregame ceremonies, Don Newcombe spoke to the crowd about what Campy meant to the game of baseball and members of Roy’s family were on hand. Also part of the ceremony was Russell Martin, who we hope will carry the torch for the long line of great Dodger catchers – Campanella, Yeager, Scioscia, Piazza and others.
According to Bill Arnold, this brings the number of players immortalized with a stamp to 30, including Jackie Robinson, who has appeared most often with three different stamps.
And, to echo one of the comments on the blog, the L.A. Times did have some nice articles today, including the latest in a series he’s written on the Negro Leagues.
And finally, our congrats go out to Bruce Sutter and all of the other great baseball people and players who were enshrined in Cooperstown today.