Lot # 59: 1938 Lou Gehrig Plays in his 2,000th Consecutive Game, May 31, 1938!- PSA Type I ACME Newspictures Photo - Approx. 7” x 8” – Full PSA Type 1 LOA

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Item was in Auction "Summer Spectacular 2018 Auction",
which ran from 7/27/2018 12:00 PM to
8/11/2018 7:00 PM

(LOT 59)
1938 Lou Gehrig Plays in his 2,000th Consecutive Game (May 31, 1938)! - PSA Type I ACME Newspictures Photo – Measures Approx. 7" x 8" – Full PSA Type 1 LOA

Lou Gehrig's immortal standing in our national pastime's glorious history will forever be linked to his tragic ALS disease that claimed his like in June 1941 at the tender age of 37. Indeed, for all of his incredible batting feats including 493 round trippers, a .340 lifetime average and 2,000 runs batted in, the sudden loss of this quite hero as well as his amazing 2,130 game streak are the two momentous occurrences the that come to mind when avid fans reminisce about the immortal "Iron Horse". Lou started his unfathomable consecutive game streak on June 1, 1925 when he pinch hit for Wally Pipp, moving on to play in every game for 14 straight seasons with broken bones, fevers, and a myriad of aches and pains to achieve his worldly mark.

This sensational ACME Newspictures photo taken on May 31, 1938, the day Gehrig played in his 2,000th consecutive game with the Yankees besting the Boston Red Sox by a 12-5 score at Yankee Stadium. The seemingly timeless image portrays the legendary Iron Horse at the top of the dugout steps, choosing his faithful lumber among a vast number of potential bats. This classic pose reflects crystal clear clarity and near-perfect contrast as Gehrig dons his Yankee pinstripes while holding two bats in his massive-sized hands.

Framed by four relatively clean white borders, the hallowed image still retains a majority of its original clean surface, with the verso revealing the critical caption detailing the day's events as follows: "LOU GEHRIG STARTS HIS 2,000TH CONSECUTIVE GAME – NEW YORK CITY – LOU GEHRIG, VETERAN FIRST BASEMAN OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES, PICKS UP HIS BATS BEFORE GOING INTO ACTION AGAINST THE BOSTON RED SOX IN THE YANKEE STADIUM HERE, MAY 31ST, IN HIS 2,000TH CONSECUTIVE GAME. IN HIS CAREER GEHRIG HAS HIT 468 HOME RUNS, HAS MADE 2,563 HITS, AND HAS SCORED 1,788 RUNS. HIS TEAM MATES HELPED HIM CELEBRATE BY BEATING THE RED SOX 12-5 – 5/31/38".

Gehrig would stroke a single and walk once in five plate appearances, knocking in one of the Yankees twelve runs. More significantly, he would achieve a milestone that was dubbed "virtually impossible", with no other ballplayer coming close to playing in 2,000 consecutive games until Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Gehrig's record some 56 years later on September 6, 1995. A spectacular keepsake marking an earth-shattering moment in baseball history, this awe-inspiring Gehrig photo turns back the clock to a time when baseball's greatest first baseman ever dominated the game at a level rarely seen by any other ballplayer! - Full PSA Type I LOA

MIN BID $500

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