In what might be a pleasant diversion from today’s start of an NBA lockout, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Jensen reports the US Postal Service is responsive to a Philly-based initiative to commemorate the insane promiscuity live and times of Wilt Chamberlain on a postage stamp.
A committee sends 20 to 25 suggestions each year to the postmaster general, from “thousands of suggestions annually,” said Roy Betts, manager of community relations for the Postal Service. According to Betts, stamp selections will be announced in August, but the committee, which meets four times a year, also is talking about possibilities for the next few years. A campaign started by Philadelphia Tribune sports editor Donald Hunt resulted in a steady steam of Wilt supporters, including NBA officials, contacting the Postal Service.
Why hasn’t Wilt been on a stamp already? Turns out you have to be dead five years to be eligible. The Overbrook High great, considered by many to be the greatest basketball talent in the game’s history, died in 1999. Hopefully, it happens before the Postal Service itself dies and there are no more stamps.
Assuming there’s a limit on the number of basketball-related stamps the USPS can approve, a Wilt stamp would all but certain cock-block an as-yet-unformed campaign to honor Pete Maravich in a similar fashion (though if you had to pick which player is the bigger icon, there’s no contest)