The United States Postal Service revealed its new batch of Forever Stamps for next year on Tuesday, and will honor perhaps the best golfer to ever play the game.
The USPS will feature Arnold Palmer in its 2020 catalog, including a stamp with James Drake’s photo of him playing at the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Maryland. Palmer finished T5 that year.
“With drive and charisma, [Palmer] helped transform a game once seen as a pastime for the elite into a sport enjoyed by the masses,” the USPS said in its announcement.
Latrobe’s own & golf legend Arnold Palmer will be honored with a USPS stamp in 2020. The Palmer stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, meaning that it will always be equal in value to the current First Class Mail price. Fellow Latrobe native Fred Rodgers got a stamp in 2018 pic.twitter.com/dlKMiMDvu7
— Nubyjas Wilborn (@nwilborn19) October 22, 2019
Palmer, who died in 2016, won 62 times on the PGA Tour and won seven major championships. His 62 wins mark the fifth-most all-time on Tour, behind Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Sam Snead.
Palmer is one of only two people to be featured on the latest batch of USPS stamps, joining journalist Gwen Ifill. Ifill, who died in 2016 after a battle with cancer, spent 17 years working at PBS and was the first African American woman to host a national political talk show in the United States.
"To have my father celebrated in this way is a true honor," Palmer’s daughter, Amy Sanders, said in a statement, via the PGA Tour. “It’s something I think he would be proud of as both an individual and as an American, and it’s a wonderful way to preserve his legacy.”
The legendary golfer is the second Latrobe, Pennsylvania, native to be featured on a USPS stamp, following longtime television personality Fred “Mister” Rogers last year.
Palmer is just the fourth golfer to make his way onto a USPS stamp, according to ESPN. Bobby Jones, a 13-time major championship winner, was on a stamp twice in the 1980s, and 1913 U.S. Open champion Francis Ouimet was honored in 1987. Ten-time LPGA major championship winner Babe Zaharias was also featured in 1981.
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