On Sunday, a baseball bat was used for $ 715,120 at the start of his legendary career with the New York Yankees.
The bat – a 34-inch, 36-ounce Bill Dickey model Louisville slugger – was Used by Gehrig in 1938, According to, their last full season as a major contingent in the early dynasties of the Yankee franchise SCP Auction.
It could be used by Gehrig in a World Series sweep of the Chicago Cubs that year and the following spring, the company said, which indicated it had received 26 bids for the bat before the online bidding ended Saturday.
SCP Auction, which is based in Laguna Niguel, California, and specializes in selling sports memorabilia, would not identify the buyer, except to say that it was a private collector.
Gahriga gave the bat, which was made from ashes. Ear combA onetime Yankee teammate and coach who, like Gehrig, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the company said.
“This is one of the best Low Gigrig bats ever discovered, apparently, impeccable,” David Koehler, owner, president and chief executive of the auction house, said in an interview Sunday night.
With his batting average dropping below .300 and reducing his home production, Gehrig is splattered with his heavy bat at the end of the 1938 season, according to the auction house.
The 1939 season was Gehrig’s last in baseball; The durable but sick first baseman, known as the Iron Horse, Removed himself from the lineup May after playing 2,130 straight games.
He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis the following month, a fatal neurological disorder, later known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He gave his farewell speech On July 4, 1939, “The Pride of the Yankees” featured an instant drama, a 1942 film starring Gary Cooper.
“When this bat was received,” Mr. Koehler said, “We were like, wow, this is a remarkable piece of history for baseball fans, Yankees fans, and Lou Gehrig fans.”
The six-figure price may shock stickers to some, but other bats and baseball artifacts place a much larger order on the auction block.
In December 2019, a bat was used by Bev Ruth to hit his 500th career home run in 1929. Sold for over 1 million dollars, Said SCP Auction at the time. A bat used by Ruth in 1923 in conjunction with Sotheby’s to make the first home run at the old Yankee Stadium in 1923 was worth about $ 1.3 million in 2004.
As part of the same online sale in which Gehrig’s bat was auctioned, A. Original home plate from Yankee Stadium The auction house said it was set up in 1923, just before opening day, selling for $ 303,277.