1997 Pop Warner (Red Line) – Football Coaches
- Honors one of the greatest US football coaches of all time
- Also issued in pane of 20 with four stamp designs (no red line)
32¢, First Class Mail Rate
First Days of Issue:
August 5, 7, 8, & 16, 1997
First Day Cities:
Printed for Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. By Sterling Sommer of Tonawanda, New York
Panes of 20 (Horizontal 4 across, 5 down)
Large tagging block over all 20 stamps, covering the stamps to the edges
Why the stamp was issued:
To commemorate one of the greatest US football coaches in history: Glen “Pop” Warner.
About the stamp design:
The stamp pictures a design by artist Daniel Moore. It pictures coach Warner holding a football and standing next to a young player in old-fashioned headgear. The field with two more players is pictured in the background. The artwork was based on a 1932 photograph of Warner.
Special design details:
The design of this stamp differs from the stamp that came from the pane of 20 issued in July (US #3145) in that there is a red line or bar above the name of the coach. It also has microprinting which reads “YOUTH LEAGUE” along the sideline of the football field between Warner and the young player beside him.
First Day City:
The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held on August 8th
on the football field of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
About the Legendary Football Coaches set:
A four-stamp set picturing some of US sports history’s greatest football coaches: Paul “Bear” Bryant, Glenn “Pop” Warner, Vince Lombardi, and George Halas. All designs picture art by Daniel Moore. The stamps picture each coach in a different setting based on reference photographs and other sources.
History the stamp represents:
Remembered by sportswriter Red Smith as “one of the truly original minds in football,” Pop Warner was one of the most influential coaches in the history of American college football. Coaching at such prominent universities as Georgia, Cornell, Carlisle, Pittsburgh, Stanford, and Temple, he sported an impressive 319-106-32 record during his 43-year coaching career.
Known simply as “Pop,” Warner was born Glenn Scobey Warner in Springville, NY. As captain of the 1894 football team at Cornell University, he acquired the nickname “Pop” because he was older than the average student. After briefly practicing law, he began his coaching career at the University of Georgia in 1895.
During the 43 years he spent coaching, football changed enormously, eventually becoming the game we know today. An innovative coach, Warner did much to improve the game. He originated the single- and double-wing offense formations, and is credited with developing the three-point stance, the screen pass, the spiral punt,t he unbalanced line, the shifting defense, and the rolling body block. He was also the first coach to number players’ jerseys, and to use thigh and shoulder pads.
Pop Warner died in 1954, but his memory lives on today through the youth football program that carries his name.