A first baseman’s mitt once used by Lou Gehrig and given to a young boy in the 1930’s sold for $287,500 in the All-Star FanFest Auction Tuesday morning.
Hunt Auctions offered over 450 items in the annual event, held this year at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The glove was given to Howard Brost Henderson, whose parents were friends of Lou Gehrig and his wife Eleanor. Henderson, now 92, says he once played catch with Gehrig as a youngster in Bronxville, NY, but needed a new glove and the Hall of Fame slugger came through with a model he’d used with the Yankees. Upon his mom’s suggestion, young Howard asked Gehrig to autograph the mitt on his next visit and Gehrig did so, writing: To Howard, May you have as much luck with this glove as I did-Lou Gehrig”.
“Lou Gehrig’s name remains to date one of the more revered in the history of American Sport,” said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions, in a news release. “The price obtained today for the Lou Gehrig baseman’s mitt was a clear reminder of the incredible demand for memorabilia related to his storied career.”
Other items sold on Tuesday included Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame ring which brought $86,250 including the buyer’s premium, a Jackie Robinson game bat ($80,500) and a pair of Harmon Killebrew game-used and autographed jerseys, a 1958 Washington Senators model ($40,250) and a 1971 Minnesota Twins road flannel ($20,700).
KARE-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul covered the auction and the card show which were part of FanFest, leading up to Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Target Field: