What's buzzing:

Big League Stew

Joe DiMaggio’s stamp creates confusion, does it show him batting left-handed?

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

View gallery



You're not alone if you did a double take upon seeing the new Joe DiMaggio stamp that was released by the United States Postal Service last month.

So many people have looked at the Yankee Clipper's likeness on the "Forever" stamp and came away thinking he had been mistakenly portrayed as a left-handed batter that the system's official blog felt compelled to pen a clarification on Monday.

From the USPS:

The Yankee Clipper was a right-handed batter, and he is indeed following through on his right-handed swing. However, due to the size of the stamp, you can't see that his lower torso and legs are twisted as they would be on his follow-through. The stamp artist, Kadir Nelson, also had to slightly change the position of the bat in order to show all of it. If this had been a photograph, you would've been able to see that when DiMaggio followed through, his bat was extended fully away from his body and nearly parallel to the ground.

Any initial confusion is understandable. Nelson's depiction of DiMaggio's 90-degree follow-through makes it look like he's either batting left-handed or admiring at a pretty approach shot on the golf course. It definitely doesn't look like the Joltin' Joe backswing (below) that DiMaggio made famous during his 56-game streak and Hall of Fame career.  

But all it really takes to clear things up is a glance at the placement of DiMaggio's hands. They're exactly where they're supposed to be for a right-handed batter so it's not hard to imagine he's being portrayed as following through, albeit very awkwardly.

[MLB Full Count: Watch live look-ins and highlights for free all season long]

It would've been nice for Nelson and the USPS to go for a more accurate DiMaggio design, especially considering this is the late legend's first appearance on a stamp. It hasn't hurt sales, though, as the issue honoring DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Stargell and Larry Doby set presale records before their release on July 20.


View gallery


(AP file)

Want more baseball fun all season long?
Follow @bigleaguestew@KevinKaduk and the BLS Facebook page!

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Tim Brown: Angels could miss playoffs if pitching doesn't improve
Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck practicing art of tuning things out
MMA fighter dies after bout, autopsy inconclusive
Y! Homes: Best cities for every life stage

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (1537)
  • Ferrer wins Malaysian Open final in straight sets

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Top-seeded David Ferrer became the first Spaniard to win the Malaysian Open when he defeated countryman Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 7-5 in the final on Sunday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 minutes 50 seconds ago
  • New boss Manohar vows to clean India's image in second innings

    New boss Manohar vows to clean India's image in second innings

    Newly-elected president Shashank Manohar vowed to clean the image of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after being chosen on Sunday to head the world's richest cricket board for a second time. A respected cricket administrator who … More »

    Reuters - 7 minutes ago
  • Malaysia's Danny Chia ends 13-year title drought in Taiwan

    (Reuters) - Malaysia's Danny Chia won the Taiwan Masters on Sunday to capture his first Asian Tour title in 13 years after making a successful comeback from career-threatening neck surgery. The 42-year-old Chia shot a final-round of one-over par 73 … More »

    Reuters - 20 minutes ago
  • Blatter's daughter says he will quit FIFA in February: paper

    Blatter's daughter says he will quit FIFA in February: paper

    Sepp Blatter, facing a criminal investigation as part of football's corruption scandal, will "definitely not" stay on as president of the FIFA governing body after the election of a new leader in February, his daughter said. Major football sponsors … More »

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago
  • Mourinho tells Chelsea they can sack him but he's not quitting

    Mourinho tells Chelsea they can sack him but he's not quitting

    By Clare Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - With as much bravado as he could muster, a grim-faced Jose Mourinho said he would not walk out of Chelsea despite his champions suffering their fourth defeat in eight Premier League matches and languishing 16th in … More »

    Reuters - 39 minutes ago