In 1926 when the New York Yankees took to the field in the World Series against the Cardinals, a young man was at first base making his debut in the fall classic. Lou Gehrig had been with the team off and on since 1923, but he missed the 1923 World Series and the Yankees did not appear in the series the next two seasons. Game 1 of the 1926 World Series as it turns out, would be his debut on the big stage. The offered extremely rare photograph captures the young Iron Horse as he is caught at third base for an out, but the Yankees would win the game. Issued by Underwood and Underwood, this is the only documented photograph from the first ever World Series game for Gehrig we have ever seen with him clearly listed on the back paper caption. The photo has exceptional clarity for the age and it captures not just Gehrig, but a really fantastic action shot of two players at the pinnacle of their athleticism and an umpire right there, really to call the play! The photo looks great but it does have a rip on the upper right which does not look as bad as the technical grade would indicate. A true piece of Yankee history that we have never seen before!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 7/10