Yes, it is July 4th, Independence day, but it is also Lou Gehrig Day. July 4, 1939, one of our greatest baseball players took to the field and Yankee Stadium to acknowledge the crowds. Movietone was there to record it, and it obviously moved the young artist here.
Lou was sick when he stood before the microphone. No one had even heard of hockey then, and basketball was still a joke. We had one sport and Lou was the epitome of it. Of all his accomplishments, the greatest was that he played 2,130 games in a row. From 1925 to 1939. Have YOU ever called in sick? Lou didn't. Not once. And all they had back then was aspirin.
The anonymous painting here, too large for my scanner, was found folded in a "one dollar" basket at the end of a table at a garage sale. Who would throw this out?
Anonymous Child's Painting of Lou Gehrig Day. Date, possible, 1939 Collection Jim Linderman
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