1926 New York Yankees Autographed Baseball

Description (Brief)
This baseball was autographed by members of the 1926 New York Yankees, including future Hall of Famers George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948) and Lou Gehrig (1903-1941).
Gehrig played in a record 2,130 consecutive baseball games for the Yankees before amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) forced him from the field in 1939. Gehrig’s continued humility and courage while fatally ill inspired the country. ALS is still commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
autographed baseball
date made
Ruth, Babe
Gehrig, Lou
associated institution
New York Yankees
Physical Description
cork (center material)
wool (layer material)
horsehide (cover material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
1939 exhibit
Sports & Leisure
Autographed Baseballs
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Autographed Baseballs
1939 exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the Elliot Spencer family through Brad Spencer
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