Who knows how long the streak would have continued had ALS not cruelly ended Lou Gehrig’s career—and eventually his life—but the consecutive games record he established would last for more than a half century. While Cal Ripken Jr. broke the mark, it can be said that both players deserve to share the Ironman label. Now, a photo from Gehrig’s last great milestone is hitting the auction block.
RMY Auctions will offer an International News image of Gehrig dated May 23, 1938, just eight days before he would push his ongoing streak to 2,000.
The 7×9 image is part of the company’s August auction, which runs through Saturday, August 18.
Taken from the waist up, the photo shows Gehrig dressed in pinstripes at Yankee Stadium as he continues toward his eventual record of 2,130 games. The dated caption remains attached to the back and references Gehrig’s batting style. There’s another date stamp from much later, indicating the photo was used by a newspaper at least as late as 1989. There’s also a file date stamp of May 26, 1938.
“There’s no point to [stopping the streak],” he told The New York Times that year. “I like to play baseball and if I were to sit on the bench for a few games the worrying and fretting would take too much out of me.”
You can see the box score from his 2000th straight game here.
The photo is one of 444 up for bid at RMYAuctions.com.