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    1939 New Yankees vs. Kansas City Blues Scorecard - Lou Gehrig's Final Game. What if we told you that Lou Gehrig's playing career didn't end when he pulled himself out of the lineup after 2,130 consecutive games? The traditional and widely believed narrative is that the Iron Horse, citing his diminished play, asked manager Joe McCarthy to remove him from the heart of the Yankee order on May 2nd, 1939 and never appeared in another contest - but the narrative is wrong.

    Gehrig continued to travel with the team with both sides hoping the summer weather would rejuvenate the tremendous batsman as the Bronx Bombers continued their warpath through the Junior Circuit. The then 37-9 squad, having just wrapped up sweeps of the White Sox and St. Louis Browns, traversed across the state of Missouri to play an exhibition game against their American Association affiliate, the Kansas City Blues on June 12th before returning home.

    Though he was not slated to play, the Iron Horse caved to pressure from the fans and manned first base for the first three innings of the exhibition. Batting in the nine-hole, Gehrig slowly walked to the plate in the third inning and grounded slowly to second before he ceded his defensive position once again to Babe Dahlgren - never to play baseball again. After the game, as the Yanks headed back east, Lou headed north, to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic. Six days later the diagnosis was official, he was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

    Even with a massive 23,864-person crowd in the stands at Kansas City's Ruppert Stadium, this is the first time this historic piece has been offered in a major auction. Measuring 7x10" when folded, and 10x27.5" unfolded, moderate handling wear and age-related staining is exhibited throughout and a 2.5" split in the main fold. "June 12, 1939" has been inscribed on the cover in black ink. Minor surface abrasions impact the surface of each of the team's scorecards, but nonetheless it is a fantastic relic from a lesser-known portion of Gehrig's legacy.


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