The big bats came out Friday. The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new set of 39-cent stamps honoring four of baseball's biggest hitters. The stamps will be issued July 15 in ceremonies at Yankee Stadium.
Honored on the stamps are:
-- Hank Greenberg, a two-time American League MVP for the Detroit Tigers who hit 58 home runs in 1938. He had 331 homers over his career as a first baseman, despite missing several years while in the military during World War II.
-- Mickey Mantle, the Yankees' famed switch hitter who hit 536 home runs over nearly two decades as one of the game's biggest stars. He was named the American League's Most Valuable Player three times.
-- Roy Campanella, the Brooklyn Dodgers' catcher who hit 242 home runs during his 10-year major league career. A catcher in five World Series, he was named the National League's Most Valuable Player three times.
-- Mel Ott, remembered for a powerful high-leg-kick batting stance. Ott, an outfielder, distinguished himself with the New York Giants for 22 seasons and was the first National League player to hit 500 home runs.