Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    The Iron Horse writes to the parents of a love-struck infant

    1932 Lou Gehrig Handwritten Signed Letter with Signed Mailing Envelope. An October 1, 1932 article (included) in The Cleveland Press reports the tale of seven-month old Marilyn Hayes who, like so many other baseball fans of the fairer sex, took an interest in the movie star good looks of the Yankees first baseman. A reporter and photographer who heard the tale set out to meet with the young Gehrig fan and "brought with them a dozen pictures, but Marilyn wouldn't be amused. The photographer took his full equipment of baby-pleasing apparatus--whistle, rattle, and all... He cooed and chuckled and waggled his fingers and Marilyn wouldn't smile. But the moment she saw Lou Gehrig's pictured face, she laughed in rapturous delight, as you can see for yourself."

    The printed image in the paper, and another 8x10" glossy photo later delivered to the Hayes family, find the darling little girl fixated on an image of the smiling slugger beneath a banner headline that incorrectly reports the final score of the Yankees' World Series Game One victory over the Chicago Cubs (the Yanks scored twelve runs, not eleven). Gehrig, whose two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth gave the Bronx Bombers a lead they would never surrender, sent a letter to the Hayes not long after the Yankees completed their four-game Fall Classic sweep. It reads, in full:

    Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hayes:-

    Your charming young daughter's picture has been sent to me, and I believe I have derived as much pleasure as she and you too. It really seems too good to be true. I certainly would appreciate one of the originals if you can spare it. I sincerely hope this baby continues its good health and keep it smiling always.

    Cordially,

    Lou Gehrig

    The letter is written on a single page of unlined paper (6.5x9.75") in 9/10 pencil. Page exhibits original mailing folds with pinholes of separation at where vertical and horizontal fold lines intersect. Also here is the original mailing envelope which includes most of a secondary autograph in the form of "Gehrig" within the return address. Finally, we have the clipped newspaper article and photo, and the aforementioned 8x10" glossy photo, the latter bearing a lengthy but clean diagonal tear. A thoroughly charming archive that only further validates Lou Gehrig's status as one of the greatest gentlemen ever to wear a Major League uniform. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.






    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,921

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976

    Learn about consigning with us

    I'm a relatively new client at Heritage, and Calvin Arnold, Director and Sports Card expert, has helped make me a Big fan in just a few months.
    Chuck L.,
    Encino, CA
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    May 17-18 Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction - Dallas
    May 17-18 Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $4,242,016