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    The Iron Horse knocks one out of the pasture...

    1935 Lou Gehrig Single Signed Home Run Baseball--17th of the Season. With Babe Ruth shipped off for a rather sad limp to the finish line of his playing career in Boston, and the advent of the DiMaggio era a year in the future, the noble Gehrig was enjoying his sole ownership of the Yankee spotlight as he stepped to the plate in the second contest of a four-game homestand against the visiting Washington Senators on July 27, 1935. Though the Yankees were engaged in a neck-and-neck battle for American League leadership with the Detroit Tigers as the Senators were enhancing their long-standing reputation for mediocrity, the home team was trailing seven to four as Gehrig dug in with right fielder George Selkirk on first and third baseman Red Rolfe on second. On the mound was Bobo Newsom, in the midst of the rather inauspicious task of defending his 1934 American League record for pitching losses.

    Somewhere beyond the right field wall of Yankee Stadium sat a well-known British cricket player named S.M. Livingston, who had visited the Bronx to take in this American version of bat-and-ball competition. Following the loud crack of a wood on leather, and the swelling of crowd noise in the bottom of the seventh inning, this baseball found Livingston to become a souvenir for the lucky tourist. The blast would knot the game at seven runs apiece.

    We suspect it was Livingston himself who adorned the ball with the bold period notations that recount the achievement, text that reads:

    "Lou Gehrig Home Run No. 17, Yanks 6 Wash 7, July 27 1935, Caught by S.M Livingston International Cricketer, Home Run No. 17, July 27 1935, Yanks 6 Wash 7, Yankees vs. Washington July 27th 1935."

    It must be noted that the final tally is misstated on the ball--the Yankees fell by a score of eight to seven--but the date and competition is correct for Gehrig's seventeenth home run of 1935, the 365th of his Hall of Fame career.

    The history of the sphere is further validated by an 8/10 black fountain pen signature from Gehrig himself, a fine side panel application that would alone validate our pre-auction estimate as a rare single signed baseball. Our records indicate that this is just the third Gehrig home run ball to reach public auction, discounting those deriving from exhibition play. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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