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Lot # 1036: 1937 Lou Gehrig World Series Original Photograph (PSA Type I)

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Classic",
which ran from 2/25/2024 10:00 AM to
3/16/2024 10:00 PM

Displayed is a 1937 Associated Press PSA Type I photo of Lou Gehrig in that year's World Series. In '37, Lou Gehrig, 34 years old, was still at the top of his game. In the regular season, the Hall of Fame first baseman batted .351, with 37 home runs and 158 RBIs. The New York Yankees faced the New York Giants in the '37 World Series, and the Bronx Bombers won in five games. Gehrig batted .294 in the Series, with a home run and three RBIs. In the 6.5x8.75" photo, Gehrig goes into second base, taking out Giants' shortstop Dick Bartell. The Iron Horse, 6"0" and 200 pounds, was a former fullback at Columbia University, and his football prowess is on great display as he sends the 5'9", 160-pound Bartell flying. Bartell was no mollycoddle, his fiery play earned him the nickname "Rowdy Richard," but Gehrig, who had legs like tree trunks, sends Bartell airborne. Gehrig was well into his consecutive game streak in 1937, a streak that would end on May 2, 1939, after 2,130 games. Gehrig's streak was the Major League record for 56 years until it was broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. The displayed photo has been encapsulated and PSA certified Type I AUTHENTIC. In less than two years after this photo, Gehrig contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and became so weakened that he was forced to take himself out of the lineup after batting only .143 with no home runs and only one RBI in eight games at the start of the 1939 season. He passed away from ALS in 1941. The greatest appeal of this photo is that it shows the sheer power of Gehrig before his illness.

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