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Call it a comeback: Willie Stargell stamps rally to outsell Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams

When the U.S. Postal Service released stamps honoring all-time greats Willie Stargell, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Larry Doby back in July, they decided, just as a friendly wager, to track which stamp would sell the most copies. When presale numbers were counted, Williams and DiMaggio emerged as the favorites.

But Stargell is known for his comebacks. Pops led the 1979 “We Are Family” Pirates back from a 7 ½-game deficit in July to win the NL East, and then rallied his club from a 3-1 deficit against the Orioles in the World Series – picking up NL MVP and World Series MVP honors along the way.

The stamps race featured a similar result.

After tallying months of sales numbers, the USPS announced Monday that Stargell had won the SBI (Stamps Batted In) Pennant Race with a total of 8,220,355 stamps sold.

Williams finished a close second with 8,209,035 sold and DiMaggio took bronze at 8,065,855.

-Jeremy Moses /

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