Baseball and the US Postal Service

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One of America’s favorite pastimes is a passion for baseball. The popular game, originally created in the 1800s, is known for its rich history, loyal fans, and iconic symbols. The sport has been an integral part in the growth and development of America, very much like the U.S. Postal Service.

Like baseball, the Postal Service has a deep history rooted in American culture. It helped push the expansion of the transportation network across the land, promoting new and innovative technologies to move mail to every corner of the country. Baseball served to link America together during some of the most difficult times in history. USPS did the same through the mail by making even the remotest of locations in the country no further than a postage stamp away.

Baseball introduced new ideas and terminology such as ballpark, first base, hardball, rain-check, and the famous quote by Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over” that spread to uses outside the sport. USPS expanded the use of air transportation and established ZIP Codes embraced by customers around the world.

Both organizations have also crossed paths directly countless times, with the portraits of many of the most famous baseball players finding their way onto collectible postage stamps. Several Post Offices have also been named after baseball players, including Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and George Kell.

Baseball and the Postal Service are two classic American icons that continue to serve fans of all ages. It’s a true home run combination.

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1 Comment

  1. Kathy

     /  May 24, 2013

    Not sure where the USPS created the Pony Express theory came from, but it didn’t. Pony Express was created by Majors, Russell & Waddell, a trio of stage contractors who wanted to get a postal bid, but didn’t and went bankrupt.

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