Friday, July 6, 2012

Lou Gehrig home-run ball being auctioned at FanFest to pay med-school debt

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Lou Gehrig played his final game in Kansas City.
  • Lou Gehrig played his final game in Kansas City.
One of the dozens of events taking place at Bartle Hall for the MLB All-Star FanFest is an auction of impressive baseball memorabilia. The most substantial piece on the block is a home-run ball hit by Lou Gehrig in the 1928 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Gehrig blasted the homer off fellow Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez.

The Associated Press reports that the ball has been an heirloom in a Connecticut family for generations. But Elizabeth Gott told the AP that it's time to part with the ball because her 30-year-old son is finishing up with medical school and is buried in debt. "I'm extremely fortunate that this occurred and definitely I'm extremely thankful that something so lucky would happen to me," Michael Gott told the AP. The company auctioning the ball estimates that it will go for between $100,000 and $200,000. If you're interested in cutting a big check, the auction will be Tuesday morning at 10. Or you can bid online here. The current bid is $33,300.

In The Pitch Guide to All-Star Week out now, you can read about Gehrig's part of baseball history in Kansas City. In 1939, the Yankees came to Kansas City to play an exhibition against the Kansas City Blues, their minor league affiliate. Gehrig was ill but played a few innings anyway. It was his final time playing baseball. The next day he arrived at the Mayo Clinic, where he was diagnosed with ALS.

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