A stick used by the legendary Lou Gehrig in the later years of his career sold for US $ 715,120 at auction on Saturday.
According to the firm responsible for the auction, the 34-inch, 36-ounce (about 1 kg) Louisville-branded bat was possibly used during the 1938 World Series, which Gehrig and the New York Yankees swept in the face. at the Chicago Cubs, as well as the following spring. A total of 26 bets have been placed for the coveted item.
“This is one of the best Lou Gehrig sticks ever discovered and obviously its provenance is totally credible,” SCP Auctions owner David Kohler told the New York Times daily, referring to the former owner of the stick, the family of Earle Combs.
The 1938 season was the famous hitter’s last complete in major league baseball. The following year, he played eight games before retiring in June 1939 due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative and fatal disease that bears his name today. He died on June 2, 1941 at the age of 37.
In addition, the auction concluded at the end of last week allowed a participant to get his hands on the plate used at Yankee Stadium during the first conquest of the World Series by the New York team in 1923. The subject coin was sold for US $ 303,277.