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    1939 New York Yankees World Championship Black Bat from Gehrig Family As the muscular physique that carried the Iron Horse through well over 2,000 consecutive games continued to weaken from the disease that would eventually take his life, his Yankee teammates continued to adhere to the standard of excellence Gehrig so inspired. Despite losing their leader following a tearful Independence Day farewell, the Yanks managed another World Series win this October, for which they were presented the traditional black bats from Hillerich & Bradsby. The offered specimen was made a gift to a young family friend of the Gehrigs, and while we cannot say with certainty that this was Lou's one and only 1939 black bat, it is certain that the gift came directly from the Gehrig family. A block lettered inscription on the handle reads, "To Our Little Pal, Billy Julius, From All the Yanks." Note that this bat was consigned with a beautiful signed photograph inscribed to the same little boy, which we picture for reasons of provenance only (photograph is not part of the lot). While authenticators from PSA/DNA confirmed that the photograph was not signed in Lou's hand, they are convinced instead that the inscription and signature are the work of his wife Eleanor, who handled almost all of Lou's signing duties during 1939, and beyond. The bat shows mild storage wear, primarily at the barrel end, with a few scattered nicks in the wood of the barrel itself. It still displays wonderfully, and its connection to Gehrig and the season of his final goodbye is all the reason you could ever need.

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    September, 2004
    10th-11th Friday-Saturday
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