Babe Ruth was still the straw that stirred the drink for the New York Yankees but 90 years ago, it had become clear that Lou Gehrig was a star in his own right. With an MVP award already in his pocket and over 400 RBI from 1926-1928, Gehrig was getting his share of press, even if he seldom felt comfortable in the role.
Now, a rare full-length photo showing the 26-year-old first baseman posing at Yankee Stadium in 1929 is on the auction block and generating serious interest, with a high bid of over $1,200 thus far. The RMY Auctions Photo of the Day, this particular image of Gehrig is the only known original example ever offered at auction.
The 6×8 inch photo carries an International News stamp on the back. A full paper caption is included but no longer attached.
Dated July 2, 1929, the caption is a gushing review of Gehrig’s season to date and he was once again having a stellar year, hitting .335 with a league-leading 21 homers at the time.
Gehrig would struggle in the second half, finishing with a .300 average , 35 homers and 125 RBI.
The photo is one of several hundred in the Spring Collectors Auction, which closes this Saturday.