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    1939 Lou Gehrig All-Star Game Presentational Pin. Originally the plan had been to honor Lou Gehrig's service to Major League Baseball at the Yankee Stadium All-Star Game, but it was decided that such a noble figure should not share the spotlight, and thus it was Independence Day of 1939 that saw the Iron Horse proclaim himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth." Precisely one week later, on the same ground where he had simultaneously inspired and broken the hearts of sixty thousand fans, Gehrig appeared again as the honorary captain of the American League side. Though the final swings of his thunderous bat were behind him, all eyes remained fixed on the Yanks' former first baseman as he delivered the line-up card to the umpire for the last of his seven consecutive Midsummer Classics.

    Here we present the elegantly crafted Dieges & Clust pin presented to Gehrig for that final appearance, one of the very last of the treasures heaped upon the iconic Yankee during his seventeen years of Bronx tenure. While any artifact from the personal collection of the game's most reliable pre-war employee carries enormous relevance and appeal, those rare few relating to his tragic final year in pinstripes are a breed apart. The pin measures almost one inch square, featuring a genuine diamond at each corner, a golden baseball at center announcing "New York 1939," and "All Star Game, American League" spanning the enameled base paths. Verso is artfully engraved "Lou Gehrig" in a style perfectly matching other known examples. "Dieges & Clust 10 Karat" is stamped just below.

    The pin is particularly noteworthy as it was spared donation to the Hall of Fame by Lou's widow Eleanor, who bequeathed the majority of Gehrig's awards (including a charm bracelet of similar pins and trinkets) to the museum. It was instead gifted to one of Lou's caretakers during his steady decline, and sold by the nurse's nephew in 1989. For several months afterwards it was displayed at the Hall of Fame and toured the country with an exhibit celebrating the landmark's Golden Anniversary that year. A photocopy of a USA Today article from 1989 recounts this Hall of Fame loan. Marvelous condition, with a touch of enamel wear at first base area.

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