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Lou and Eleanor

In 1935, Yankee slugger Lou Gehrig was at the peak of his career. With Babe Ruth finishing out his career with the Boston Braves, the Yankees were Gehrig's team.

That year, Lou's beloved wife Eleanor collaborated with a popular songwriter of the era, Fred Fisher, to write an ode to her husband. The song was called I Can't Get to First Base With You.

Gehrig's facsimile signature appears on his left arm on the sheet music. On his right arm, however, on this copy, he signed his name.


This photo of Lou and Eleanor Gehrig was taken on May 13, 1935. Eleanor was playing Lou the song that she had just written for him. Lou was in an especially good mood that afternoon as his consecutive games played streak had just hit 1600.