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New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig, the “Iron Horse,” was the salt to Babe Ruth’s pepper. Hitting cleanup in the No. 4 position, Gehrig followed Ruth in the batting order and they provided one of the best one-two punches in MLB history. Presented here is an 8” x 10” black-and-white photo showing the two Hall of Fame batsmen posing following one their famous off-season exhibition games in 1927. But this particular photo includes something special: a personalized autograph from Gehrig.

Here’s the backstory: The “Bustin' Babes” and “Larrupin' Lou's” were the brainchild of Christy Walsh, who was Ruth and Gehrig's longtime agent. That year, Walsh, in order to capitalize on the excitement generated by the duo's season-long home-run duel, arranged to have the pair tour the country for three weeks right after the World Series. The tour, heralded as "Ruth vs. Gehrig - The Battle For The Home Run Title Continues," began in New York and made its way across the country, ending in California. This black-and-white photo of Ruth and Gehrig was made available to the public as a souvenir during that year’s tour when the “Bustin’ Babes” and “Larrupin’ Lou’s” squared off. The photos were available for sale for $1 and carried facsimile signatures of Ruth and Gehrig with the phrase "Yours Truly.”

This particular example, however, shows a personalized autograph from Gehrig to someone named “Earle.” The entire personalization reads: "To Earle – With Kindest Personal Regards, Cordially, Lou Gehrig.” Signed in ink, which has faded over time, the autograph and inscription both remain clear and legible.

Authentication: Gotta Have Rock and Roll Certificate of Authenticity and a James Spence Authentication (JSA) Letter of Authenticity.
Lou Gehrig Signed Original Photograph (JSA)
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