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    Circa 1933 Lou Gehrig Game Worn Jersey. Think for a moment about the reasons that you love the game of baseball, and those traits you find most admirable in its cast of characters, and it's likely that Lou Gehrig will be the figure that most fully embodies these considerations. While it has been often and properly stated that the star first baseman's accomplishments were largely overshadowed by those of his iconic teammate Babe Ruth, Gehrig's uncomplaining acceptance of his sideman role is in itself an indication of his tremendous character. Noted newspaper columnist and Algonquin Round Table member Franklin Pierce Adams summed up Gehrig's legacy in this regard succinctly with the statement, "He was the guy who hit all those home runs the year Ruth broke the record."

    The story of Lou Gehrig is one of the sports great Shakespearian tragedies, so heart wrenching that Hollywood immediately saw its obligation in delivering the tale to the masses in the form of the celebrated 1942 film "The Pride of the Yankees." While the game has been robbed of its greatest figures in tragic fashion both before and since-Addie Joss, Roberto Clemente, Thurman Munson-the loss of Lou Gehrig was particularly poignant given his trademark durability. For 2,130 consecutive games played over the course of fourteen seasons, the sight of the Iron Horse at first base was as predictable as the sunrise, and no strain, sprain or broken hand could keep him from playing, even if it was playing second fiddle to the Babe.

    But by the time Gehrig suited up in this road grey flannel the balance of power had shifted rather considerably. While Ruth may have still had the edge in terms of celebrity, there was no question but that Gehrig wielded the more significant Hillerich & Bradsby. In 1933, Gehrig drove in 139 runs to the Babe's 103. The following season found Gehrig taking the


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    October, 2007
    27th Saturday
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