Lou Gehrig

Birthdate 6/19/1903
Death Date 6/2/1941
Debut Year 1923
Year of Induction 1939
Teams Yankees
Position First Base

Lou Gehrig was the the top vote-getter on the fans’ All-Century team voting in 1999; in 1969 the Baseball Writers chose him as the greatest at 1B.

In the collection:

Photograph from Who's Who in Baseball signed by Lou Gehrig

Photograph from Who's Who in Baseball signed by Lou Gehrig

In the collection is a photo signed by the Iron Horse joining forces with Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey to argue a call with umpire Cal Hubbard, the only man inducted into both the baseball and football Halls of Fame. The leading vote-getter in All Century Team voting in 1999, Gehrig was also th
Teammate and fellow HoFer Waite Hoyt goes into detail about Lou Gehrig

Teammate and fellow HoFer Waite Hoyt goes into detail about Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig and Waite Hoyt were teammates from 1923-1930. Over those eight years Hoyt saw a terrific transformation of the Iron Horse from a man of “complete unsophistication” with a “mother complex” to a man “assigned by the Supreme Power to fulfill a definite mission o
Page 2 of letter from Waite Hoyt to Lou Gehrig

Page 2 of letter from Waite Hoyt to Lou Gehrig

In the second page of this outstanding letter from Waite Hoyt about Lou Gehrig, Hoyt reaffirms his stance with a strong conclusion, “I believe I have outlined the aura in which he played during his wonderful career, both from his original naiveté, to his unblemished peak of accomplishment. I have done my part
Lou's streak began pinch hitting for Pee Wee Wanninger on 6/1/25

Lou's streak began pinch hitting for Pee Wee Wanninger on 6/1/25

Cal Ripken holds the all-time record for consecutive games played with 2,632. Second on the list is Lou Gehrig with 2,130; third is Everett Scott with 1,307. Pee Wee Wanninger is tied to both men behind Ripken. In the 1925 season a 32-year old Scott was slipping at shortstop and at the plate. When Y
Here is Wanninger's 1925 contract

Here is Wanninger's 1925 contract

It must have been disappointing spending for Pee Wee Wanninger to play the entire 1924 season in the minor leagues. He was one step away from making his Major League debut, a milestone he would read the following season. The 1925 campaign would be memorable in the history of baseball and for Wanning
Signature page for Wanninger's 1925 contract - also signed by HoF Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert

Signature page for Wanninger's 1925 contract - also signed by HoF Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert

Hall of Fame Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert has signed the contract as club president, while the player has signed “PL Wanninger“. The contract is signed on February 2/3, 1925. The front of the contract is also signed by American League President and Hall
Letter from HoFer George Weiss mentioning Gehrig & eventual replacement, Babe Dahlgren

Letter from HoFer George Weiss mentioning Gehrig & eventual replacement, Babe Dahlgren

As head of the Yankee’s from 1932-1947, George Weiss intimately knew the inner workings of the team’s farm system and its minor leaguers. Here he writes to super scout Joe Devine about various personnel issues. First among them in the letter was Babe Dahlgren who had yet to play a game f
Page two of the Weiss letter

Page two of the Weiss letter

George Weiss who would serve as the Yankee’s general manager from 1947-1960 signed many contracts, documents, and letters, making his signature common. However, the foreshadowing of Babe Dahlgren serving as eventual replacement for the Iron Horse makes this letter rather remarkable. The letter also mentions pitcher Spud Chandler, the eventual AL MVP in 1943, and
The Streaks ends here: Gehrig's streak was ended when Babe Dahlgren started at first base for NY on 5/2/1939, the same year of this baseball card

The Streaks ends here: Gehrig's streak was ended when Babe Dahlgren started at first base for NY on 5/2/1939, the same year of this baseball card

On the day Gehrig’s streak ended, Babe Dahlgren found his name penciled in at first base. Shown here is a 1939 Play Ball card of Dahlgren who would start on that fateful Tuesday, May 2, 1939. Dahlgern had a homer and a double in the game
Wire photo about the passing of Wally Pipp

Wire photo about the passing of Wally Pipp

Many associate Wally Pipp with Lou Gehrig’s streak though it was actually Pee Wee Wanninger whom Gehrig pinch hit for to start the streak on June 5, 1925. Pipp, previously the Yankees regular first baseman would play in only 18 more contests for New York, 16 of which he appeared as a pinch hitter or pinch runner. In the offseason Pipp was sold to the Reds for $7,500.
Letter written 9 days after Gehrig's death in which HoFer Ed Barrow mentions the funeral

Letter written 9 days after Gehrig's death in which HoFer Ed Barrow mentions the funeral

In the collection is a letter from Hall of Fame executive Ed Barrow to the sons of baseball concessionaire Harry Stevens apologizing for missing the funeral of their mother. Barrow writes, “We seriously considered attending the funeral services, and would have done so but for the fact that we were
Contract signed by Herb Pennock for Lou Gehrig biopic

Contract signed by Herb Pennock for Lou Gehrig biopic "Pride of the Yankees"

Pride of the Yankees garnered ten Academy Award nominations in 1942, including best writing original story, best picture, best actor, and best actress. Gary Cooper played Gehrig and many Yankee teammates appeared in the film. In the collection is the contract signed by Herb Pennock to be portrayed o
Gehrig's widow tells an autograph hunter she doesn't have any more of Lou's signatures

Gehrig's widow tells an autograph hunter she doesn't have any more of Lou's signatures

Autograph collectors were still searching for ways to get Lou Gehrig’s signature long after his death. Eleanor Gehrig, the player’s widow received requests from all over the country for her husband’s autograph. Shown here is a letter she wrote to a collector letting him know, ̶
The night Ripken broke Lou's streak he hit a homer off of Shawn Boskie; here's what Boskie recalls

The night Ripken broke Lou's streak he hit a homer off of Shawn Boskie; here's what Boskie recalls

Angel pitcher Shawn Boskie had the unenviable task of starting the game on September 6, 1995 when Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak. In game 2,131 Boskie and the Angels were tied 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth when Ripken blasted a two-run homer much to the delight
Second base umpire Dan Morrison recounts the night Ripken broke Gehrig's streak

Second base umpire Dan Morrison recounts the night Ripken broke Gehrig's streak

Lou Gehrig’s record stood from 1939 until 1995. The night it was broken, Dan Morrison was the second base umpire. When the game became official, the crowd gave Cal Ripken Jr. a prolonged standing ovation. “To be quite honest, I had tears in my eyes watching how a city and an individual

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