|Lou Gehrig's Last Game
If you went to Yankee Stadium on April 30, 1939,
you would have seen the great Lou Gehrig continue
his incredible consecutive played games streak.
Gehrig hadn't missed a game since June 1, 1925,
a total of 2129 games in a row! That game in April
was the eighth game of the young season and that
day the Yankees faced the Washington Senators.
It proved to be Gehrig's last game. His worsening
condition, due to his yet undiagnosed ALS (a degenerative
muscle disease that would tragically take his
life within two years), made it extremely difficult
for him to play. He went 0 for 4 that day and
only a sympathetic official scorer saved him from
recording his third error of the new season.
This is a very rare ticket stub and scorecard
from Gehrig's last game (and obviously, the last
game of his streak). Neither Gehrig nor the fans
knew it was to be his final game. He took himself
out of the line-up before the Yankees' next game
in Detroit. On the back of this ticket is written:
"Yanks-2 Senators-3 1939."