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    1939 Lou Gehrig & Joe McCarthy at "Luckiest Man" Farewell Original News Photograph, PSA/DNA Type 1. Of all of the photographs captured at Yankee Stadium on Independence Day of 1939, this is the one that hits us hardest. Moments earlier, manager Joe McCarthy had fought back sobs as he stood at the microphone erected near home plate, speaking directly to the dying first baseman he had come to love like a son:

    "Lou, what else can I say except that it was a sad day in the life of everybody who knew you when you ... told me you were quitting as a ballplayer because you felt yourself a hindrance to the team. My God, man, you were never that."

    The emotion painted on the faces of these two Hall of Fame icons speaks to special bond the men shared, shrinking the sold out stadium to a single expression of true humanity that serves as a microcosm of the whole. Everything that Lou Gehrig meant to the New York Yankees, and to baseball itself, is captured in this thoroughly personal moment.

    Add to the timeless power of the image a virtually perfect expression of artistic form in its diagonal and horizontal lines and we're left with a photograph as deserving of the term "fine art" as any that adorn the walls of New York City's museums and galleries. It's unquestionably one of the finest photographic works ever captured on an American playing field.

    But even in the small surviving supply of Type 1 prints of this image, the offered specimen rises above the pack, and not for its virtually perfect state of preservation. Stamping on verso identifies this as "Copyrighted by 'Daily News,' 220 East 42nd Street, N.Y. City," the text applied beside a clipping from that day's newspaper entitled, "Mates Give Lou Trophy." Thus we can infer with a high degree of certainty that this is the actual print reproduced in the newspapers that filled Big Apple news kiosks the day after this heart wrenching farewell.

    Dimensions are 8x10". Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Type 1.

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