Your mind’s first image of Lou Gehrig may be the smiling portrait on his classic 1934 Goudey card or maybe yukking it up in one of those old dual photos with Babe Ruth. Some think of him standing at the microphone during the famous ‘Luckiest Man’ speech. Missing from all of those, however, is the Gehrig between the lines.
Make no mistake, the Iron Horse was a serious competitor who didn’t take kindly to calls that went against the Yankees. Evidence of that emerges in our Photo of the Day from RMY Auctions. It’s a rare image of Gehrig arguing with an umpire on Opening Day 1936.
The Yanks and hometown Washington Senators were locked in a tight battle when Jake Powell bunted and was apparently hit by the ball. Gehrig is joined in the argument by catcher Bill Dickey, approaching manager Joe McCarthy and other teammates who were probably worried about Gehrig being ejected in a close game.
Also there to witness the action were President Roosevelt, who threw out the first pitch, and more than 30,000 fans.
Bobo Newsom, who pitched through the 1953 season, went the distance for the 1-0 Senators win that day, outdueling Lefty Gomez who threw the pitch to Powell that resulted in the argument.
The back of the original NEA news photo still contains the dated cutline paper with caption and a file date stamp.
Bidding for th 7×9 photo and more than 300 others, continues through Tuesday at RMYAuctions.com.