SAMMY LEE - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 267032
Sale Price $63.00
SAMMY LEE. First Day Cover signed: "Sammy Lee, M.D.", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring the 1976 Olympic Games, 13-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Lake Placid, NY, July 16, 1976, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Background imprinted at upper right of cachet. American diver Sammy Lee, who won the gold medal in platform diving at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics was the first man to win diving titles at two consecutive Olympics and the first American-born athlete of Korean descent to win an Olympic gold medal. Lee, who won the U.S. national title in both springboard and platform diving in 1942, put his athletic career on hiatus to earn his medical degree, but returned to diving in 1946, winning the U.S. national platform title. Although he retired from competitive diving in 1953, Lee remained involved with the sport, coaching the U.S. diving team in 1960 and coaching Greg Louganis to a silver medal in the platform event at the 1976 Olympics. Lee was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990. Lightly creased. Lightly soiled on verso, which is torn at upper left blank flap. Fine condition.
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