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New postage stamp collection released honoring Mel Ott and Roy Campanella

The United States Postal service hopes to hit a home run with the July 16th release of new 39-cent stamps and 24-cent postal cards which will feature CMG Worldwide clients and baseball legends Mel Ott and Roy Campanella.

Four of the best baseball players of all time, who all have New York area ties -- Mickey Mantle, Mel Ott, Hank Greenberg and Roy Campanella - are currently being honored on commemorative "Baseball Sluggers" stamps. Ceremonies took place at Yankee Stadium on the 16th to release the stamps and honor the families of the players. Family members present for the ceremony included David Mantle and Danny Mantle, Campanella's daughter, Joni Road, Greenberg's daughter, Alva, and Ott's daughter, Barbara Ott-Schneidau.

Mantle, Ott and Campanella played for New York baseball teams. Greenberg was born in New York City. All four are in the Hall of Fame. It took much more than just displaying impressive statistics and earning a place in the Hall of Fame to land each player's face on a stamp. The players were selected because they truly were American legends and not just baseball players.

"Stamps are designed to honor the places, events and people that made America great," Postmaster General John E. Potter said. "When you think about America, Americana is baseball. So it's only appropriate when you think about honoring America and representing it in stamps that baseball is there."

Campanella played in five World Series and hit 242 home runs during a decade with the Brooklyn Dodgers while Ott was a star for the New York Giants for 22 seasons, leading the league in homers five times. He was the first National League player to hit 500 home runs.

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