Envelope, postmark celebrate national championship
The celebration for the USC baseball team continued Monday, when the U.S. Post Office unveiled a commemorative envelope and a special postmark in honor of the national champions.
President Harris Pastides and Coach Ray Tanner were in attendance to help celebrate Gamecock College World Series Champions Day at the Main Columbia Post Office on Assembly Street.
“The state is on fire with a passion for this team and its accomplishments,” said Columbia Postmaster James Antill.
Pastides spoke of his love for the game, going back to his days growing up in New York City.
“Baseball was not only a pastime,” Pastides said. “For me, it was a passport to growing up as part of an immigrant family, for being a true American, because it is the quintessential American sport. Whereas my parents had an accent and maybe they talked a little bit funny, if I could hold a bat or do something with a glove or a ball, I was going to be accepted into that community. That’s what baseball meant to me.”
Pastides also spoke of his pride in the baseball team’s academic accomplishments, noting that USC had the highest team GPA of the eight teams competing in the College World Series in Omaha, and the highest of the baseball teams in the SEC.
“We would have been winners even without the College World Series championship,” Pastides said. “As the Postmaster said, what a great thing this is for Columbia and our state.”
The front of the envelope features a graphic marking USC as the NCAA Baseball National Champions, while the back includes a synopsis of Carolina’s run through the College World Series. The envelopes are available for $5 at the USC Post Office at 1600 Hampton St. and the Main Post Office on Assembly Street. Mail-in orders can be sent to Gamecock Envelope, PO Box 69, Columbia, SC 29202-0069.
The special postmark – National Champions Station – is available free for items bearing first-class postage at the Main Post Office and the USC Post Office on Monday. It will also be available by mail for 30 days. To mail in items for the special USC postmark, send to USC Postmark, PO Box 69, Columbia, SC 29202-0069 or send to Gamecock Postmark, 1600 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29208.