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Original and Unique Previously Unpublished July 4, 1939, "Lou Gehrig Day" Snapshot Photo

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $480

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig, with the knowledge that he was suffering from an incurable disease, delivered one of the most moving and memorable speeches in sports history when he stood in front of over 61,000 fans at Yankee Stadium and declared "I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." That speech took place at a special ceremony between games of a doubleheader between the Yankees and Senators, and was attended by many of Gehrig's former teammates, including Babe Ruth, who offered Gehrig an emotional embrace afterwards. Offered here is an extremely rare snapshot photo of that historic ceremony taken by one of the fans in attendance. This is the first snapshot photo from Lou Gehrig Day we have ever seen and, equally important, the first we have seen from this perspective. Unlike the other known photos from that day, all of which capture close-ups of Gehrig and his teammates, this one was obviously taken by someone sitting in the upper deck and captures the entire throng of players, dignitaries, team officials, and photographers present at the event. Despite the distance, Gehrig remains clearly recognizable as he stands at home plate. The vintage ink notations, "Lou Gehrig Day Yankee Stadium" and "June 4, 1939," are written, respectively, along the bottom and right borders of the scalloped-edge photo. The photo (4.5 x 3.25 inches) displays a number of moderate crease and is in Very Good condition overall. SOLD FOR $480

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