Ten years after its appearance in a sports memorabilia auction, a game worn Lou Gehrig cap will soon be back on the block.
A game worn Lou Gehrig cap will be offered during an upcoming catalog auction through an east coast auction company.
The cap has a hard brim and vintage small NY logo on the front. It’s use has been attributed to Gehrig’s use during streak of 2,130 consecutive games played.
It’s believed Gehrig presented the cap to one of his doctors at the Mayo Clinic during one of his 1939 visits.
The gift was typical of Gehrig, known to be generous and considerate with fans and others throughout his career.
The cap has a presale estimate of $125,000 – more than triple Gehig’s top annual salary of $39,000.
Gehrig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis while at the Clinic and O’Leary continued to treat him. The two exchanged letters about his condition in the months that followed. Gehrig died in 1941.
The 7 1/8” A.G. Spalding & Bros. Made in U.S.A. hat has a leather band which is embroidered “7 1/8 L. Gehrig”.
The cap’s consignor procured it from another very well known major auction house ten years ago and has had it in his possession ever since.