SOURCE: Joe DiMaggio, LLC
HOLLYWOOD, FL--(Marketwire - Jul 17, 2012) - In the summer of 1941, New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio achieved a legendary 56-game hitting streak obliterating the previous record, and that has gone unchallenged to this day. Seventy-one summers later on the very week Joe completed his hitting streak that captured the nation, the United States Post Office honors DiMaggio's legacy.
On July 21, 2012, the United States Post Office will release the Joe DiMaggio Forever Stamp as part of a set of four Major League Baseball All-Stars Forever Stamps. Advance sales of the DiMaggio stamp currently exceed 420,000 pieces, outperforming the co-launching "All-Stars" and clearly showing how the legend of Joe DiMaggio resonates with Americans young and old.
To further commemorate the launch, the United States Post Office is hosting a dedication ceremony on July 21 at the Main Post Office in the Bronx beginning at 11:00 a.m. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz will proclaim July 21st "Joe DiMaggio Day" and a special First Day of Issue postmark will be available in 54 post offices in the Bronx area only on July 21.
Appearances include DiMaggio family members, Joe's closest friend and confidant, representatives from the New York Yankees, Pulitzer-winning sports writer Dave Anderson of the New York Times, as well as District and Bronx postal officials.
Elizabeth Kanna, managing partner of Joe DiMaggio, LLC, will deliver an address on what Joe DiMaggio means to America, including insights she has gathered from interviewing luminaries such as Ken Burns to baseball legends, historians and fans across the United States.
"In a time when the American public was weary from economic depression and a world at war, America needed a hero more than ever. Joe DiMaggio became that hero, inspiring millions through his graceful style and determination," says Kanna. "This honor and celebration of his legacy gives Americans a chance to rekindle the excitement, achievement and sense of human possibility that he personified."
To purchase the Joe DiMaggio Forever Stamp single pane online, please visit www.stampproducts.com/playball/
Follow the dedication ceremony at Joe's fanpage at: www.facebook.com/officialjoedimaggio
About Joe DiMaggio, LLC.
Joe DiMaggio, LLC manages and licenses the brand of Joe DiMaggio. The name Joe DiMaggio forever defines what it means to be an American and what America is: a country where, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or social economics, an individual who commits to work hard can utilize their natural talents for a better life for themselves and their families.