It seemed unconscionable at the time. Lou Gehrig, baseball’s greatest player, was suddenly very ordinary. No one knew he was beginning to be ravaged by the ALS that would claim his life in just two years but on April 29, 1939, there was one last glimpse of the original Iron Man when he rapped a base hit off Washington Senators’ pitcher Ken Chase on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
It was his 2,721st –and last—base hit.
The man once thought to be a shoo-in for 3,000 hits—knew he was struggling, though. He went hitless in one final game on April 30 and benched himself, never to play again.
Gehrig is still an icon in the game and to collectors.
In honor of Gehrig’s number, here are 4 major sales of individual baseball cards featuring the Yankees’ beloved Hall of Famer: