March 9, 1988 - Ronald Reagan unveils Rockne stamp
As the sixth stamp in the American Sports Series, the United States Postal Service unveils a Knute Rockne 22¢ stamp. The official ceremony was held in Notre Dame, IN with Ronald Reagan as the principal speaker. The stamp would not be available nationwide until tomorrow but special issues and first day cancellations were available only at the Notre Dame Postmaster.
President Reagan's speech referenced his portrayal of George Gipp in the movie Knute Rockne All-American. His comments drew several laughs as he told the story of the first time he came to campus as a green sports announcer. A full transcript of Reagan's speech is available on the Presidential Library archives.
The first five stamps in the series included Babe Zaharias, Bobby Jones, Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, and Roberto Clemente. There were two prior football stamps issued as well; the first normally collected was a 6¢ stamp released on September 26, 1969 honoring the 100th anniversary of the first football game played between Princeton and Rutgers. The second was issued on April 12, 1949 and commemorates the first game played in the southern US in 1973 by Washington and Lee University.
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Posted On: 2012-03-09 00:15:01 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2012-03-09 06:38:53 by IrishTrpt07
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