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    1939 Lou Gehrig Ends His Streak Official Program. New York Herald Tribune sportswriter Arthur E. Patterson recounted the scene at the Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit:

    "Joe, I'd like to talk to you," Gehrig said.
    "Sure thing, Lou. C'mon around the corner here and sit down," McCarthy said.
    "Joe, I'm not helping this team any," Gehrig said. "I know I look terrible out there. This string of mine doesn't mean a thing to me. It isn't fair to the boys for me to stay in there. Joe, I want you to take me out of the lineup today."

    It was later that day that a fan purchased this scorecard at Detroit's Navin Field and took a seat to witness a Yankees game unlike any contested in nearly fourteen years. The mighty Iron Horse, in his role as team captain, delivered the line-up card to the home plate umpire with the name "Babe Dahlgren" penciled in at first base and then returned to the dugout, never to play the sport of baseball again.

    The scorecard represents the very last to feature Gehrig's printed name in the batting roster, a truly important relic from one of the saddest days in the history of the professional game. All scorecards from the balance of the 1939 season would find Gehrig's name in the reserves. While a handful of scorecards from game 2,130 two days earlier at Yankee Stadium have surfaced in the collectibles marketplace, this is the first we've encountered from the day the fabled streak was snapped. It exhibits light foxing and general handling wear, but no troubles of any real significance.

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