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    1939 Earle Combs Handwritten Signed Letter with Heartbreaking Lou Gehrig Content. They both served their rookie seasons with the New York Yankees of 1925, and fifteen years later they continued to share a Bronx dugout, with Combs in the role of coach after a serious injury in 1934 precipitated his decline and sped his retirement from active duty the following season to make way for a new center fielder named Joe DiMaggio coming up in 1936. The five-page correspondence is penned on letterhead of the Concourse Plaza Hotel on 161st Street in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, written to a friend in Houston. After praising the 1939 Red Sox as "the best balanced club, outside of ours of course," he turns to the sad topic of his old friend.

    "Yes, poor Lou had to give up. He is absolutely through, but I don't believe he realizes it. He thinks the warm weather will bring him around. I have never seen another case like his. I could see him slipping the last two years. This spring he couldn't do anything a ball player is supposed to. Can't hit, run, throw or field. I never saw another player lose all of these at once like he has. He will appreciate the fact more than ever now that he saved his money. I am hoping the club carries him all year and he gets this years pay. After all $34,000 is a lot to pay a player on the bench. There is very little sympathy in this game. They figure they pay you well while playing and when your usefulness is over you step aside. After all in one sense that is right. Lou has been such a grand fellow in every respect though you can't help but want to see him get the breaks once."

    Each page of the letter is individually framed, and exhibit no condition issues beyond original mailing folds. All ink is 9/10, as is the full closing signature. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

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