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Postage stamp will honor Mickey Mantle

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Iowa Baseball great Mickey Mantle will be honored on a postage stamp.

The stamp bearing a likeness of the New York Yankees star will be issued in 2006 as part of a "Big Hitters" series.

Other stamps in the series will honor Roy Campanella of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Mel Ott of the New York Giants.

Marv Diemer, a former state legislator from Cedar Falls, has been pushing for the Mantle stamp since 2001.

Using a directory of baseball players, he wrote to retired major leaguers seeking their support.

Diemer says he got letters of support from a wide range of people, including the vice president of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York and several of Mantle's teammates on the Yankees.

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