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Lot # 930 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1936 World Series "Game Action" Photo - Gehrig at Bat

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $940.00

This original 1936 World Series photograph, originating from the Culver Archives, captures the action from Game 6 between the New York Yankees and New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. This is a stunning and very unusual large-format photograph which is ideal for display. Taken from the perspective of the upper deck stands, slightly to the left of home plate, the photo encompasses nearly the entire field and captures Lou Gehrig at the plate. Even if Gehrig's uniform number weren't clearly visible, there would be no mistaking his classic swing. According to the handwritten period notations on the reverse, the mighty "Iron Horse" has just flied out to right. Joe DiMaggio, in his rookie season, is pictured in midstride between first and second, while Red Rolfe leans off third base. Hall of Fame catcher Bill Dickey waits on deck. Additional period notations identify this as Game 6, which was won by the Yankees by a score of 13-5. Two "Culver Pictures, Inc.," stamps also appear on the reverse. The ideal camera angle, offering the famed Polo Grounds grandstands as a backdrop (the outline of Yankee Stadium can be seen beyond the center field wall), combined with the image of Gehrig at the plate make this one of the finest World Series "game action" photos from this era we have ever seen. The photo (9.5 x 8 inches) displays light creasing along the top border, as well as minor edge wear. While technically in Very Good condition, the photo presents as Excellent and its exceptional visual appeal more than compensates for any of its peripheral flaws. Framed to total dimensions of 14.25 x 12.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $940.00

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