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    The Iron Horse leads the field wire to wire

    1936 Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees Pants, MVP Season--Photo Matched to World Series! The Baseball Writers Association of America finally got it right. After the incomprehensible snubbing of the stalwart first baseman following his Triple Crown performance of 1934, another sea of bold ink in Gehrig's stat line representing American League superlatives seemed no guarantee he'd earn his due in 1936. One could only infer in retrospect that the balloting electorate put a considerable amount of stock in the fortunes of the team represented by the player, as 1934 MVP Mickey Cochrane was a member of the pennant-winning Detroit Tigers. With the New York Yankees back on top of the Junior Circuit in 1936 after a four-season drought, Gehrig now became the only reasonable choice.

    In the second full year of his captaincy, and the twelfth of his historic consecutive games streak, Lou Gehrig was still a superstar in his prime, clubbing forty-nine home runs, slugging .696 and scoring 167 runs, each figure pacing all American Leaguers. And with a young superstar named Joe DiMaggio making his rookie debut, the Yankees had the pennant clinched by early September, closing the season nineteen and a half games ahead of the second place Tigers, the widest margin of victory in franchise history.

    The New York Giants would clinch their own pennant on September 24th, setting the stage for the fourth meeting of the Big Apple titans in Fall Classic action, National League MVP Carl Hubbell leading the Senior Circuit charge. It is a photograph of the Hall of Fame slugger and pitcher together that supplies the glorious World Series attribution of the offered garment, a designation confirmed by the experts at MEARS in their glowing letter of examination.

    As any collector active in Yankees uniform collecting is well aware, the nature of the pinstriped material utilized for home garments allows for definitive photo matching, the tailoring of jerseys and pants creating intersections of lines as singularly unique as a snowflake or fingerprint. A study of Gehrig's belt loops in the image that finds him posing with Hubbell, famed sports agent Christy Walsh, and Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, perfectly corresponds with the offered lot.

    The pants exhibit the strong wear one would expect from an era when all Major Leaguers were issued just two home and two road uniforms per season, particularly when remembering that the Iron Horse never failed to answer the bell. Note the dye transfer at the cuffs, indicative of Gehrig's sweat draining through heavy navy wool socks. Repairs at knees, and others at the crotch and rear pockets, likely date to secondary farm club wear common in these times, as none are apparent in the World Series image. A handwritten number "17" at interior waistband also bolsters this theory.

    The Gehrig attribution remains as bold and beautiful as ever though, bright red embroidery reporting "L Gehrig 4" and "36" on either side of the "Spalding" manufacturer's label.

    The opportunity to participate in the curatorship of an important Lou Gehrig artifact is not one to be taken lightly, and few could outshine a uniform piece from his glorious 1936 MVP and World Championship campaign. With quality jerseys realizing prices creeping ever closer to one million dollars in the rare instances they are made available for sale, the presented pants should be considered all the more attractive to the savvy investor. LOA from MEARS, Authentic. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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