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Rare Yankee Stadium July 4, 1939 ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig going on the auction block

06/30/2014, 11:53am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Signed on day he gave famous speech; will be auctioned Aug. 1 in Cleveland

Gehrig-signed 1939 ticket stub being auctioned

In this July 4, 1939, file photo, New York Yankee Lou Gehrig wipes away a tear while speaking during a tribute at Yankee Stadium in New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — A Yankee Stadium ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on July 4, 1939 — the day he retired from baseball — is going on the auction block.

Heritage Auctions says more than 60,000 tickets were sold that day and only two are known to have survived.

Of the two, only the mezzanine box ticket was signed by Gehrig. It’s estimated to bring over $100,000 at the Aug. 1 sale in Cleveland.

The owner is an unidentified collector.

Gehrig retired after being diagnosed with ALS, known today as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

In his farewell speech that day, he said “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”

Heritage’s director of sports memorabilia, Chris Ivy, says it’s “the most significant baseball ticket in the world.”

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