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1923 New York Yankees Scorecard - Possibly From Lou Gehrig's Major League Debut!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $415

Exceedingly rare New York Yankees 1923 scorecard, issued for a game against the St. Louis Browns, that may possibly date from Lou Gehrig's major league debut on June 15th. Unfortunately, because it has not been scored, the exact date of the game remains in question. However, based upon the information we will present, it is, at the very least, one of, if not the earliest Yankees scorecard extant featuring Gehrig on the Yankees roster. Gehrig signed with the Yankees on April 30, 1923, but it wasn't until June 11, in a game against the Cleveland Indians, that he donned the fabled pinstripes for the first time. The Indians concluded their four-game series with the Yankees on June 12th, after which the club hosted the Browns for four games. It was during that four-game series with the Browns that Gehrig made his major league debut, on June 15th, when he replaced Wally Pipp at first base in the top of the ninth inning of a 10-0 Yankees blowout. His next appearance in a game came three days later against the Tigers on June 18th. Gehrig remained with the Yankees, playing sparingly, for about six weeks before Huggins decided to send him back to the minors (Hartford) for more seasoning on August 1st. He was recalled by the Yankees on September 26th for the final nine games of the season .

Although the offered scorecard is neither dated nor scored, the fact that it was issued for a game against St. Louis and features Gehrig's name as a substitute on the Yankees roster, conclusively dates it to the four-game series between the clubs from June 13th through June 16th. That series marked the Browns' first trip to New York in 1923. By the time the Browns returned to Yankee Stadium (August 5th through the 8th, and September 20th through the 23rd), Gehrig had already been sent back to the minors; therefore his name would not have appeared in programs issued for those games. This is truly a significant and desirable Yankees scorecard documenting the start of Gehrig's major league career, and possibly his first appearance in a major league game.

The eight-page scorecard displays a tiny chip in the upper left corner, minor separation of the covers along the spine, a few areas of age toning on the interior, and numerical pencil notations on the back cover. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $415

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