Lou Gehrig Wiping a Tear

Description (Brief)
This photograph was taken on Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, held at New York’s Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939. The event honored the retirement of the team’s long-time first baseman. Gehrig (1903-1941,) “The Iron Horse,” set a major league record for consecutive games played (2,130.) During the ceremony, the seven-time All-Star famously called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the Earth,” even though his retirement was precipitated by the onset of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.) Today, ALS is commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Becker, Murray L.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 27.94 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Bronx
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
1939 exhibit
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
1939 exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Acquired from United Press International through an exhibition titled "Twenty Years of News Photography"

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