Lou Gehrig Signed Spring Training Photo

26 Nov

Exceptional glossy 7 x 9 photo of Lou Gehrig with sportswriter Jeff Lyon at a 1938 spring training exhibition game at Duncan Park in Spartanburg, South Carolina, signed across his legs in fountain pen, “Best Wishes, Lou Gehrig.” Includes the original 5 x 7 negative from which the photo was developed. Matted and framed together to an overall size of 11.25 x 21.25, with a glass back so that the negative can be viewed; the image is sharp enough for the brand of Gehrig’s facsimile signature on the barrel of his bat to be perceived. In fine condition, with trivial chipping to edges. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA, a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA, and a copy of a tribute to Gehrig written by Lyon and published in the September 7, 1995, issue of the New Jersey Herald, describing the encounters that resulted in this signed photograph. In part: “I met and chatted not once but twice with Lou Gehrig…That was no mean feat for an unknown young sportswriter from an unknown paper up in Binghamton…in the spring of 1938…it was decided…to cover spring training of the local Eastern League team. That’s how this writer happened to be in Spartanburg, SC, when the Yankees stopped off for an exhibition game with their farmhands…I persuaded the photographer from the Spartanburg paper to pop a picture if I could get the famous star to hold still for it when I visited the dugouts to get my line-ups for the day…I finally asked the great man if he’d pose. He didn’t seem to mind at all…and I did have my official scorer’s book under my arm so he knew I was there on business. Later on in the summer, the Yankees came up to Binghamton for another exhibition with their farm team which led to my second brief chat with ‘Larrupin’ Lou.’ I stuck the picture under his nose and politely asked if he’d mind autographing it. He graciously complied, said something like, ‘Good picture,’ and left the dugout for his turn in the batter’s cage.”

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