1941 Lou Gehrig Day Ticket Stub

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1942

Item Year: 1941

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Scarce and extremely desirable ticket stub for the "Lou Gehrig Memorial" ceremony held at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1941. The ticket features a bust-length photo of Gehrig and makes note of the special memorial ceremony scheduled for that day. This is one of the most highly prized of all baseball tickets, and one of the very few baseball tickets that is notable for its tremendous display value. Gehrig passed away on June 2, 1941, just one month prior to the Yankees' scheduled tribute to their former captain on July 4th. On that day, between games of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics, the Yankees planned to dedicate a monument to Gehrig in center field alongside that of Miller Huggins (Huggins also died prematurely, in 1929). They chose the date of July 4th because it would have marked the two-year anniversary of Lou Gehrig Day at Yankee Stadium, the ceremony at which Gehrig delivered his legendary "Luckiest Man Alive" speech. While all of the preparations were in place that day, the weather did not cooperate and both games, along with the ceremony, were rained out and rescheduled for Sunday, July 6th. Although that historic day certainly belonged to the memory of the "Iron Horse," it is also noteworthy that DiMaggio hit safely in both games of the doubleheader, raising his streak total to forty-eight straight games. The ticket stub (3.25 x 2.5 inches) displays creases and heavy surface wear. In Fair condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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