U.S. Postal Service Issuing Arthur Ashe Stamp
August 29, 2005
On Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service said it would honor tennis legend Arthur Ashe with a postage stamp, available nationwide on Monday. Ashe established foundations to help at-risk youths and to fight HIV, which he contracted through a blood transfusion during heart surgery. A Richmond, Va., native, Ashe learned to play tennis on the segregated Brook Field playground, and his freedom to compete in the South was limited by racial barriers. Nonetheless, he played in the world's top tournaments, won three Grand Slams, and carried Wimbledon in 1975. The first African-American on the U.S. Davis Cup team, where he won 27 matches. In 1985, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and he was Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" in 1992. Ashe died in 1994.
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