Program from Lou Gehrig's Last Game - April 30, 1939 
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It was evident to those who knew the great Yankees’ slugger as early as spring training in 1939 that something was terribly wrong with Lou Gehrig. At only 35 years of age, the hulking “Iron Horse” was lumbering around the field, dropping balls and playing like an old man. Even teammate Joe DiMaggio noted that Gehrig was missing “fat pitches” at the plate. Gehrig began the 1939 Centennial baseball season poorly and on May 2, 1939 something that had not happened for fourteen years happed for the New York Yankees; Lou Gehrig willingly took himself out of the Yankees’ line-up. Nobody yet knew what was wrong with him but Gehrig said he was benching himself “for the good of the team.” From June 1, 1925 until April 30, 1939, Lou Gehrig played in a then-record 2,130 consecutive games, and those unsuspecting fans that came to Yankee Stadium on that fateful April day in 1939 to watch the Yankees play the Senators saw the last game of Lou Gehrig’s magnificent career. Presented is an incredible scorecard from Gehrig’s last game, the last of both his consecutive games streak and his career. The Harry M. Stevens scorecard is in VG-EX condition with a clean presentation and only a small 1/4” portion missing from the upper right corner. Unlike most vintage scorecards that feature a centerfold crease, this publication does not have this common flaw. There are small stress marks on the spine and around the staples. The interior pages are very clean, and the actual scorecard features an original record of the game in light pencil. This rare and historic scorecard is more than a collectible; it is an enduring symbol of the “Iron Horse” who was taken from this game and this world too soon by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. 
 
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