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Team helps unveil baseball stamp

July 27, 2008|By ANGELICA ROBERTS

FAIRPLAY - Members of the Sharpsburg Little League were among those who gathered Saturday at the Fairplay Post Office to participate in the unveiling of the "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" commemorative stamp.

"It's an honor to actually be here and be participating in this," said Alan Williamson, vice president of the Sharpsburg Little League. "When the president contacted me about it, I was actually surprised because I didn't know any post office was doing it."

The Fairplay Post Office was the only post office in the Baltimore district doing the unveiling of the stamp, which was created to honor the 100th anniversary of the well-known baseball song.

"We decided to unveil it here because baseball is big in Hagerstown and in the surrounding community," said Shannon Snyder, officer in charge at the Fairplay Post Office.

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Prior to the ceremony, players ages 7 to 11 gathered around, anxiously waiting for the unveiling.

"This is an opportunity that you would never get," said Johnathon Williamson, 11, of Keedysville. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing."

Snyder began the ceremony by talking about the history of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Snyder then talked about the Pitch in for Baseball organization, a group that helps underprivileged children have the chance to own baseball equipment.

The equipment that the organization brings "will go to kids who can't afford the equipment needed so that they can enjoy the great game of baseball," Snyder said.

After the coaches introduced themselves and said a few words about the league, the stamp was unveiled.

Richard Sheaf designed the stamp, which was issued July 16.

"I just took the design from the 1870s trade card," Sheaf said earlier this week in a telephone interview.

Sheaf, who lives in Scottsdale Ariz., said he has been designing stamps since 1983 and has created between 400 and 500 of them.

While Sheaf has produced many stamps, he thoroughly enjoyed this one in particular.

"I like it a lot," he said.

Following the ceremony, Ellie Connelly, 8, of Sharpsburg, noted how great the new stamp looks.

"It's cool, and I think it's really cool that baseball is on a stamp now," Connelly said.

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