“Little Mo” Stamp

  • “Little Mo” Stamp

    “Little Mo” Stamp

    $11.00

    ISSUED DATE:4/23/2019

    In 2019, the U.S. Postal Service® honors extraordinary tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker (1934–1969). In the early 1950s, the 5-foot-4-inch dynamo dominated her sport. Nicknamed “Little Mo,” she used powerful groundstrokes to become the first woman to win all four major tennis tournaments in a calendar year.

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    In 2019, the U.S. Postal Service® honors extraordinary tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker (1934–1969). In the early 1950s, the 5-foot-4-inch dynamo dominated her sport. Nicknamed “Little Mo,” she used powerful groundstrokes to become the first woman to win all four major tennis tournaments in a calendar year.

    The stamp features an oil-on-linen painting of the tennis star. Based on a black-and-white photograph taken in 1952, the portrait is a colorful interpretation of Connolly hitting a low volley. Her nickname, “Little Mo,” runs across the top of the stamp, and “usa” and “forever” appear in the bottom right corner.

    In 1953, she became the first woman to capture the single-season Grand Slam of tennis, winning the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Championships. Along the way, she dropped only a single set. Since then, no American singles player has won all four majors in a calendar year. Only two men and three women in total have achieved that feat.

    From 1951 to 1954, Connolly amassed nine major singles titles and three major doubles titles. For three years in a row, she was the top-ranked player in the world. She won both Wimbledon (1952–1954) and the U.S. Championships (1951–1953) three consecutive years. In Wightman Cup play, she didn’t lose a singles match and propelled the United States to four championships. For her accomplishments, The Associated Press named her its “Woman Athlete of the Year” three straight years (1951–1953).

    Additional information

    Issue Year

    2019

    Stamp Type

    Forever 55-cents

    Denomination

    10¢

    Quantity

    10 through 20

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