Ideal counterpart to the adjacent Bambino trove, this Iron Horse hoard spans the meteoric rise and tragic fall of the self-proclaimed "Luckiest man on the face of the earth." Proud, poignant career-contemporary images throughout. Highlights include: Sports Sections - 4/18/27 Des Moines Register - "Gehrig Blasts Two Homers to Help Yanks Win" (w/small head shot). 4/6/29 Des Moines Register - "Larrupin' Lou Becomes a Pitcher" (w/large image). 6/16/30 Des Moines Register - "A Two Timer" (w/large head shot). 5/3/39 Des Moines Register - "Gehrig Sees 22-2 Yank Win" (w/4 large images). 7/5/39 Cleveland News - "Something in Lou's Eyes / Tears Flow as Gehrig is Honored Before 61,808 Fans" (w/iconic "Luckiest Man" image). 6/4/41 Des Moines Register - "The Babe and the Boys Pay Last Respects to Gehrig" (w/Ruth and youngsters viewing Gehrig's open coffin). "Rag" Edition Complete Issue - 6/22/39 New York Times - "Infantile Paralysis Terminates Gehrig's Playing Career" (w/2 dugout images).
Newspaper Archive Introduction: This lot forms part of an impressive collection of 1910s-1960s sports and U.S. history newspapers offered in our current auction. Typical of newspaper archives of this vintage, the preservation is quite strong in the central areas, with expected perimeter tanning and chipping. That said, it's important to emphasize that the pages are refreshingly sturdy and supple overall, not brittle unless specifically noted as such in rare instances. There are also some previously bound "rag" editions that came directly out of newspaper files and thus exhibit white pages with very little edge chipping.