August 5, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Of the 17 pitches Ryan Howard saw from three Colorado Rockies pitchers Wednesday, eight were fastballs. He hit a two-run double on a Jason Hammel slider and a two-run homer off a Rex Brothers fastball. Since Hunter Pence has joined the Phillies lineup, slotted directly behind Howard, the slugger is hitting .409 (9 for 22) with a 1.595 OPS. An astounding eight of his nine hits are for extra bases. Ergo, Pence is the greatest protection since William H. Macy in Air Force One . "I've seen a lot more fastballs, at least this series," Howard said Tuesday.
May 9, 1993 |
A booklet of five 29-cent stamps depicting garden flowers will be issued Saturday by the U.S. Postal Service in Spokane, Wash., during the International Lilac Society Convention. First-day collectors may affix stamps on self-addressed envelopes and mail requests to Customer Affixed Envelopes, Garden Flowers Stamps, Riverside Station, 904 West Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash., 99210-9991. Or send self-addressed envelopes and a check or money order of 29 cents to Garden Flowers Stamps, Riverside Station, 904 West Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash.
January 2, 1994 |
The U.S. Postal Service will launch its 1994 stamp program Thursday with five commemoratives promoting next month's Winter Olympics. The 29-cent stamps will represent the sports of alpine skiing, luge, ice dancing, Nordic skiing and ice hockey. The Winter Games will be held Feb. 12 to 27 in Lillehammer, Norway. First-day ceremonies will be held in Salt Lake City, which was chosen to help the U.S. Olympic Committee promote it as a possible Winter Olympics site in 2002. The stamps will help the Postal Service introduce several changes for the remainder of the 1994 program.
January 12, 2001 |
Royal Post of Britain blended imagination and color to produce four commemoratives celebrating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The stamps, promoted as "hopes for the future," depict blow-ups of young smiling faces that are painted over with colorful designs. Accompanying text champions the rights of children. The faces are painted masklike as a flower, tiger, owl and butterfly with each subject indicating a different right of children. The flower, depicted on the second-class domestic rate of 19 pence, represents children's rights to development.
July 19, 1992 |
Britain will issue five commemoratives Tuesday on the 150th birth anniversary of Arthur Sullivan, better known as half of Gilbert and Sullivan. The duo's light operas, written at the end of the 19th century, remain popular today. The stamps depict scenes from The Yeomen of the Guard (1888), 18 pence; The Gondoliers (1889), 24 pence; The Mikado (1885), 28 pence; The Pirates of Penzance (1879), 33 pence, and Iolanthe (1882), 39 pence. Sullivan (1842-1900), whose Irish father was a military bandmaster, showed a talent for music at an early age and attended Britain's Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship.
August 12, 1990 |
A commemorative booklet of 25-cent stamps featuring headdresses of five American Indian tribes will be issued Friday by the U.S. Postal Service. First-day ceremonies will be at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. The stamps depict the tribal headdresses of the Assiniboine, Cheyenne, Comanche, Flathead and Shoshone. The headdresses shown include feathers of the eagle and hawk, beads, strips of fur and horsehair. Men wore the headdresses, also known as war bonnets, as a sign of courage and honor.
November 7, 1993 |
Britain will issue five commemoratives Tuesday recalling the 150th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol, perhaps the most enduring children's holiday story. The stamps include the characters in Charles Dickens' classic: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew and, of course, Scrooge himself. Dickens was 31 when he completed A Christmas Carol in early December of 1843 after just six weeks of writing. He already was the acclaimed author of such works as Oliver Twist, and in its first week, A Christmas Carol, decorated in red binding and gilt design, sold 6,000 copies.
September 3, 1989 |
The province of New Brunswick, which issued its own stamps before joining the Canadian confederation, is renowned for two postal events. On Sept. 6, 1851, New Brunswick issued its first stamps, in the values of 3 pence, 6 pence and 1 shilling. The stamps were diamond-shaped and depicted the royal crown of Britain surrounded by roses, a shamrock and a thistle - the heraldic flowers of England, Ireland and Scotland. The stamps were in regular use until 1854, when the letter rate to Britain was reduced from 1 shilling, 3 pence to 7 1/2 pence.
February 25, 1991 |
A spark does not always come from a ferocious slam dunk, a thread-the- needle pass or a three-point shot. Sometimes it can simply be a one-on-one defensive stand, in which one player shuts down another. That is what happened Saturday night in the PIAA Class AAAA District 1 opener at Downingtown. The Whippets held just a 1-point halftime lead over underdog Owen J. Roberts. The Wildcats' Mike Pence, a 6-foot, 2-inch senior forward, had scored 11 points and was giving Downingtown fits with his outside shooting.
June 5, 1998 |
Festivals are celebrated in this year's Europa Series of commemoratives, while a most unusual headliner in Ireland appears at the annual Puck Fair in Killorglin. The hero is a male goat, who is pictured with a royal crown on a 40-pence stamp issued recently. The origin of the Puck Fair has never been truly established, but locals believe it began in pre-Christian celebrations as thanks for a bountiful harvest. The goat is paraded through the streets of Killorglin prior to his coronation as king of the fair.