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1935 Lou Gehrig and Ken Strong Signed Menu
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,937.50
Menu card, for a 1935 father-and-son dinner, signed by Lou Gehrig and NFL Hall of Famer Ken Strong. Both Gehrig and Strong have signed the menu in blue fountain pen, with Gehrig’s signature grading “9” and Strong’s grading “9/10.” Hosted by the Men’s Association of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, this dinner was held on February 21, 1935 at the temple’s Marcus Loew Auditorium in New York City. At the time of this dinner, Gehrig and Strong were probably the two most prominent athletes in New York. Gehrig had won the Triple Crown in 1934 and was the reigning American League MVP, while Strong had led the Giants to the 1934 NFL Championship by rushing for two touchdowns against the Bears in the title game. The appearance by both men at this dinner must have been a thrill for all of the attendees. In an interesting side note, Strong was also a top baseball prospect and actually signed with the Yankees in 1929. Unfortunately, an arm injury later curtailed what might have been a promising baseball career. Strong retired from football in 1939, at which time his career point total of 322 stood as the best in NFL history. He was later elected to both the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame. Gehrig, of course, is one of baseball’s true immortals. His career was tragically cut short in 1939 due to the rare disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which claimed his life in 1941. The card (4.25 x 6.5 inches), which is printed on cardboard stock, displays a light area of discoloration in the top left corner and is otherwise in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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