Philately and DiMaggio’s sweet swing

Joe DiMaggio was a righthanded hitter. What’s wrong with this stamp in the recently released Major League Baseball stars series released by the USPS?

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Nothing’s wrong with it, the USPS blog contends today:


The Yankee Clipper was a right-handed batter, and he is indeed following through on his right-handed swing. However, due to the size of the stamp, you can’t see that his lower torso and legs are twisted as they would be on his follow-through. The stamp artist, Kadir Nelson, also had to slightly change the position of the bat in order to show all of it. If this had been a photograph, you would’ve been able to see that when DiMaggio followed through, his bat was extended fully away from his body and nearly parallel to the ground.

Though some claim it’s a guy poised to hit lefty, the video doesn’t lie:

Although this famous photograph shows how the position of the bat had to be changed for the stamp:

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  • Mark Gisleson

    If you look at the sheet of stamps it’s obvious that the artist/designer was attempting to create an aesthetically pleasing symmetry. DiMaggio and Ted Williams face each other, near mirror images. Larry Doby and Willie Stargell have their backs to each other to create still more symmetry.

    The positions vary throughout the sheet but if DiMaggio had been shown accurately, that symmetry would have been destroyed.

    Just too many right handers, I guess.

  • KV

    You’ve got to be kidding me! Look at the placement of his hands. He’s definitely batting right handed. I don’t know of any left handed batters who have their left hand below their right when batting.