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    1939 Lou Gehrig Illness Large Wire Photograph. Actually a paper stock poster (16x19"), printed to hang at a newsstand to deliver the sad news of Gehrig's imminent departure from the game of baseball. Small print at upper right dates the piece to "June 26, 1939," while text of caption reads, "Paralysis Strikes Out 'Iron Man.' Lou Gehrig, L., who played 2,130 consecutive games for the N.Y. Yankees before benching himself, can never play actively again without endangering his life, according to eminent doctors who have found him suffering from chronic infantile paralysis. Lou, shown here with Mgr. Joe McCarthy, will finish season as non-playing Captain and then retire." Two holes punched along bottom edge were once used to keep this piece in a binder, which accounts for its undamaged, conservative EX-MT rating otherwise. Gehrig's brave farewell certainly ranks as among the most memorable and moving moments in baseball history, and any vintage piece relating to this time in Yankees history carries a true premium.

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