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Gen. John ‘Blackjack’ Pershing & Babe Ruth Masonic First Day Cover (Stamp #2046)

Scott #2046 Masonic First Day Cover; General John Blackjack Pershing and Babe Ruth in uniformJohn “Blackjack” Pershing and the Babe

In this unique cachet, Blackjack Pershing poses with Babe Ruth decked out in his National Guard uniform.

From the Edsel cachet: A little known part of Ruth’s life off the baseball diamond included a stint in the National Guard. An alert photographer grabbed this shot which received little, if any, public notice. Pershing was a member of Lincoln Lodge No. 19 Nebraska, RAM Lincoln Chapter No. 6, Knight Templar Mt. Moriah Commandery No. 4 32-degree AASR Wheeling, W. VA, 33-degree Washington, D.C. Sesostris Shrine Temple, Lincoln, Nebraska and New York Court No. 30 Royal Order of Jesters.

John "Blackjack" Pershing

John “Blackjack” Pershing

Pershing’s Masonic background is quite extensive, as noted in the cachet.

About The Stamp (#2046)

This 20-cent stamp was issued on July 6, 1983 in Chicago, IL, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of baseball’s All Star Game. Babe Ruth played in the first All Star Game in 1933, hitting the first home run, which scored two runs–wining the game.

This stamp was the third in the American Sports Series that began in 1981.


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