The jersey Lou Gehrig wore at the end of his streak of 2,130 consecutive Major League Baseball games played sold for $329,000.
The jersey was purchased yesterday by SCP Auctions, Inc. on behalf of a client who wants to remain anonymous, company spokeswoman Liz McCollum said in a telephone interview. It was purchased from Robert Edwards Auctions.
Gehrig, a Hall of Fame first baseman for the New York Yankees who was nicknamed “The Iron Horse,” wore the road jersey in the last game before his streak of consecutive games played ended after 15 years on May 2, 1939. Gehrig’s record stood until 1995, when it was broken by Cal Ripken.
Gehrig may have also worn the jersey during the Yankees’ 1938 World Series win, McCollum said.
It’s one of only four Gehrig jerseys to be verified by Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services and once hung in the Manhattan restaurant owned by Al Schacht, who was known as “The Clown Prince of Baseball.”
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