Australia's Most Loved Sport Commentators Celebrated In New Stamp Series
Six of the country's greatest sports commentators have been honoured in Australia Post’s new stamp collection.
The household names of cricket, rugby league, AFL and football have been celebrated in the series 'Word of Sport'.
"The six acclaimed and much-loved communicators featured in this stamp issue were household names in their respective sports," Australia Post wrote in a statement.
"The many thousands of Australians who avidly follow various sport codes rely on the insights of experienced sporting commentators to inform and entertain through television, radio, print and digital media."
The collection includes Richie Benaud, Les Murray, Reg Gasnier, Lou Richards, Jack Dyer and Bob Davis.
Cricketing legend Benaud retired from Test cricket in 1964 before embarking in a marvellous career in journalism and commentary that spanned decades.
His catchphrases have gone on to become part of the vernacular of the cricketing world.
Rugby League Immortal Gasnier was forced into retirement with injury in 1967 after a celebrated career for St George and as captain of the Kangaroos.
'The Prince Of Centres' then began a career in media and broadcasting, most notably providing expert analysis for ABC Grandstand.
Murray, the father of football in Australia, changed the country's coverage of the game during his four-decade career, including time spent as a commentator on Network 10 in the 1970s.
Murray coined the phrase 'The World Game', which went on to become the name of SBS' flagship football program.
Richards, Dyer and Davis were the legendary 'Three Wise Monkeys' on Channel 7's program 'League Teams' for nearly two decades in the 1960s to 1980s.
They previously played for Collingwood, Richmond and Geelong respectively in celebrated careers in the VFL.
Benaud, Gasnier and Murray each feature individually on $1.10 stamps that measure 26 x 37.5 millimetres, while Richards, Dyer and Davis share a $2.20 stamp that is 30 x 50 millimetres in size.
A 'Word of Sport' stamp pack featuring all four stamps in a folder can be purchased for $5.95.
The stamps were released on February 4 and are available to purchase until August 20, 2020.
A 'Word of Sport' prestige booklet providing information about the stamp collection is also available to purchase for $26.95.
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