SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A stamp honoring San Diego native Ted Williams was issued Friday by the U.S. Postal Service as part of a set of four stamps depicting members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The stamp was issued at a ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., with Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who played for the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001, among the participants.
The other stamps depict Joe DiMaggio, Willie Stargell and Larry Doby. In addition to the sheet of 20 stamps depicting all four players, limited quantities of stamp sheets honoring each player are available for purchase at www.usps.com/play-ball.
Williams, a graduate of Hoover High School who played for the Padres in 1936 and 1937 when they were members of the Pacific Coast League, is generally regarded as the greatest hitter in baseball history, with a .344 average in 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox. His .482 career on-base percentage is the best in major league history.
Williams is the last major leaguer to hit .400 in a season, batting .406 in 1941, winning the first of his six American League batting championships.
Williams missed three seasons as a Marine fighter pilot during World War II and most of two others during the Korean War.