A cast of legends convenes at the Polo Grounds

    1934 Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig & Arky Vaughan Signed Photograph.

    UPDATE: Please note that the player at far right is not Mickey Cochrane, but instead Charles Gehringer.

    A bit of research confirms that the Iron Horse was a simple stroll from his home ballpark when this photographic study of Hall of Fame legends was captured. While the three signers were regular fixtures at the All-Star Games of the 1930's, the player at far right, Mickey Cochrane, only made two Midsummer Classic appearances, in 1934 and 1935. Only in the former did the American League wear their road uniforms, definitively establishing the place and time as the Polo Grounds on July 10, 1934.

    Assuming, from the casual poses and the partially filled grandstands, that this is a pre-game shot, the image finds iconic sluggers Foxx and Gehrig only shortly before they would follow Babe Ruth's first inning victimization by Giants ace Carl Hubbell with strikeouts of their own. Hubbell would then similarly dispatch Al Simmons and Joe Cronin to lead off the top of the second in one of the most celebrated feats in the history of the sport's greatest exhibition.

    The New York derivation of the photograph is likely significant to its current status as an autographed relic, as this clearly had to have been signed after the All-Star Game disbanded and its participants returned to their home clubs. With both the American and National League represented within the borders of the Big Apple, the opportunity to acquire the autographs of both American Leaguers Foxx and Gehrig, and National Leaguer Vaughan, was afforded.

    Presumably it was an employee of the publication that utilized this original news photograph that requisitioned it for signing, as a touch of editorial alteration appears on the front, and handwritten identifying text on reverse. Handling wear is evident at the edges of the 7x9" image, with a small tear beneath the man in the suit the most significant fault. Foxx and Gehrig's black fountain pen autographs rate a solid 9/10, with Vaughan just a point lighter to their right. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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