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The bearer of this 1939 Yankee Stadium pass, Carl Calman, General Manager of WINS radio in New York, may have been in attendance for Lou Gehrig's final game at Yankee Stadium, April 30 against the Senators.  The following game in Detroit, after playing in a record 2,130 consecutive contests, Gehrig famously removed himself from the lineup, to the dismay of baseball fans nationwide.  Gehrig would never play in another game, though the Yankees would win 111 games and potentially field the greatest team in their history, sweeping the Reds in the World Series and outscoring their opponents for the year by an astonishing 411 runs.  Every hitter in the starting lineup clubbed double digits in home runs, and seven drove in more than 80 runs.  Seven pitchers won double digits in ballgames, simply an incredible season to witness.

Mr. Calman also had the opportunity to witness Lou Gehrig's famous "Luckiest Man" speech on July 4, the most famous speech in all of sports history, where Gehrig thanked his fans and teammates for a wonderful career.  Earlier that season, against the Boston Red Sox, Ted Williams made his major league debut, taking the field in ifront of 11 future Hall of Famers - Lefty Grove and Red Ruffing on the mount, Joe McCarthy and Joe Cronin managing the teams, and lineups featuring Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Joe Gordon, Bobby Doerr and Jimmie Foxx.  In fact, it was the only game in which Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig played on the same field.  Williams went one for four.

The pass has been evaluated and authenticated by PSA, assigned a grade of PR 1 due to significant wear and light soiling - clearly, Mr. Calman made good use of his pass.  The value of a single ticket to the Gehrig "Luckiest Man" event routinely fetches five figures at auction.  This pass is an exceptional piece of baseball history, gaining the bearer admittance not only to the great "Luckiest Man" speech, but to Ted Williams' debut, Gehrig's record-setting game, and a phenomenal overall season for the New York Yankees, one of just three seasons in Yankees history with a winning percentage over .700.

1939 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium Season Pass - Lou Gehrig's Last Game, Luckiest Man Speech - PSA PR 11939 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium Season Pass - Lou Gehrig's Last Game, Luckiest Man Speech - PSA PR 1
1939 New York Yankees Yankee Stadium Season Pass - Lou Gehrig's Last Game, "Luckiest Man" Speech - PSA PR 1
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,320
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Sunday, August 30, 2020.
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