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    One of the final bats of a storied career!

    1938 Lou Gehrig Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. "I tired mid-season," Lou Gehrig admitted after the New York Yankees claimed the sixth World Championship of his remarkable, unflappable tenure. "I don't know why, but I just couldn't get going again." Though the Iron Horse had posted a stat line worthy of his seventh All-Star appearance in 1938--.295 average, 114 runs batted in and twenty-nine home runs--the figures were a significant drop from his 1937 campaign, and the first sign that a terrible illness had begun work on its fatal task. But the legendary first baseman had bravely soldiered on, completing his thirteenth complete regular season without an absence to play all four games of a World Series sweep of the Chicago Cubs. Gehrig went four-for-fourteen that October, each hit a single.

    It has been said that only in adversity can we find true greatness, and it was during that difficult 1938 season that Lou Gehrig most convincingly exhibited his own. While he is properly remembered as one of the premier sluggers in the history of the game, Gehrig's greatest legacy remains his unbreakable will, his unfailing dependability. This remarkable relic from the 1938 season speaks to that strength of character as well as any we have encountered.

    The signature model Hillerich & Bradsby G69 exhibits game use characterized by leading expert John Taube as "excellent," with ball marks, stitch impressions, grain checking and green and red bat rack streaks indicating use in multiple ballparks. A handle crack has been professionally repaired. The bat measures thirty-five inches in length and bears a stamped "35 1/2" on the knob indicating weight in ounces. This is the "small signature" variation of barrel stamping, the most preferred version by collectors due to the accurate representation of Gehrig's genuine autograph.

    Taube discusses in his detailed letter of examination that Gehrig was very particular with the weights of his bats, one of the few Major Leaguers to order "incremental" measurements with half or quarter ounces rather than standard full numbers. This special order allows Taube to pinpoint the bat to a single order of four placed August 2, 1938, just two months from the end of the season. The several different variations requested during 1938 speaks to the frustration Gehrig was feeling as he searched for an answer to a problem that couldn't be solved.

    It is only in retrospect that we can see this bat as evidence of Gehrig's mounting desperation, and one can't help but feel a twinge of melancholy when gripping the handle that the legend's failing hands once held. But it's unquestionably one of the most thoroughly Gehrig pieces we've ever offered, with all the brilliance and bravery that suggests. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.

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