Sports and Recreation

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Postal hockey team jersey

Albany District Dutchmen hockey jersey

The National Postal Museum proudly celebrates the rich legacy of American sports including its athletes, events and accomplishments through a variety of online resources. Explore the links below to discover how stamps and postal history objects showcase this important thread of the American cultural quilt.

postage stamp featuring Roberto Clemente ready to swing a baseball bat
Join educators from the National Postal Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service for an exploration of the life and legacy of baseball great Roberto Clemente.
Priority mail envelope featuring Lance Armstrong
Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong's Bicycle and Jersey
July 24, 2000 - September 5, 2000

On view were Lance Armstrong's United States Postal Service jersey and a replica of the bicycle that brought him victory in the 1999 Tour de France Race.* The United States Postal Service sponsored the U.S. Pro Cycling Team and has lent the items in connection with its cancer awareness/fundraising postage stamps.

*Now annulled as a result of a 2012 investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

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