1934 Lou Gehrig Sliding In-Action Photo - Triple Crown Season

Sold For: $294

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1423

Item Year: 1934

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Original press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing Lou Gehrig sliding into home plate in a game against the Detroit Tigers on August 14, 1934, at Yankee Stadium. The fury of Gehrig's slide, with spikes flying, is certainly incongruous to the actions of Detroit Tigers catcher Ray Hayworth, who stands impassively in front of the plate watching the play on the field. Obviously, Gehrig anticipated a play being made on him at the plate, and in fact one of the handwritten editorial notes on the reverse reads "Gehrig thought the play would be close - Hayworth is waiting for the ball." Additional reverse markings consist of an "Associated Press" credit stamp (type used by the company during the 1930s), two date stamps ("Aug 14 1929" and Aug 16 1934"), remnants of the original attached paper news caption, and various period editorial notations, one of which reads "Scoring in NY-Det - Gehrig 8-14-34." Research indicates that the Yankees dropped a doubleheader to Detroit on August 14, 1934, losing the first game 9-5 and the second game 7-3. There is no indication from the information on the reverse as to which of the two games this photo is from. Gehrig enjoyed the finest overall season of his career in 1934, winning the Triple Crown by virtue of his league-leading totals in batting average (.363), home runs (49), and RBI (165). Original press photos of Gehrig in action are scarce, and ones of him sliding virtually nonexistent; this example is the first we have ever seen. The photo (9 x 7 inches) has a number of very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including a couple small, light creases, and very light editorial outlining on the front. Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $294

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