1939 Lou Gehrig News Photo - The Streak Ends! - PSA/DNA Type 1

Sold For: $1,200

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1936

Item Year: 1939

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Original news photo picturing New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig shaking hands with Babe Dahlgren following the end of Gehrig's record 2,130 consecutive-game playing streak on May 2, 1939. Certified as an original Type 1 photograph by PSA/DNA. A World Wide Photos credit stamp appears on the reverse, as does Gehrig's stamped name and remnants of the original paper news caption. Dahlgren was the man who replaced Gehrig at first base for the Yankees after Gehrig voluntarily took him self out of the lineup on May 2nd. What makes this image so tragic is that the true nature of Gehrig's shocking physical decline had yet to be diagnosed. Unbeknownst to all at the time, Gehrig was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurological disease that would take his life just two years later. The photo (7 x 9 inches) displays a few light creases and two areas of surface-paper loss on the reverse. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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