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Both literally and figuratively, nobody's shadow was as sizable as the one cast by Babe Ruth. Enveloped in that shadow for 10 full seasons as a teammate—as well as for the remainder of his life after the Babe's departure—Lou Gehrig carried himself (not to mention his Yankees team at times) with grace and modest dignity. Both then and now, top billing has and always will go to Ruth. The pair's respective career numbers, however, are quite comparable. Most notably, Ruth out-homered the Iron Horse, 714 to 493. But few realize that Gehrig clubbed more doubles (535-506) and triples (162-136) than his larger-than-life contemporary. And although both were celebrated for their fence-clearing prowess, Gehrig and Ruth were neck-and-neck in terms of stellar career batting marks (Ruth hit .342, Gehrig batted .340). Presented here is an unused ONL (Frick) ball showcasing Gehrig's autograph in a particularly desirable and elusive sweet spot location. Gehrig's black ink signature reflects "2-3" quality. The ball is cream-toned with a few spots of staining that affect the signature. An LOA from JSA—noting that, "There are deliberate abrasions on the North and East panels that suggest signature removals."—accompanies.
Lou Gehrig Signed Ball - Presents as Single
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