1926 New York Yankees Autographed Baseball

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subject
Sports
Baseball
Baseball
Professional
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
signer
Ruth, Babe
Gehrig, Lou
associated institution
New York Yankees
Credit Line
Gift of the Elliot Spencer family through Brad Spencer
Physical Description
cork (center material)
wool (layer material)
horsehide (cover material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in; 7.62 cm
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Autographed Baseballs
1939 exhibit
Description (Brief)
This baseball was autographed by members of the 1926 New York Yankees, including future Hall of Famers George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948) and Lou Gehrig (1903-1941).
Gehrig played in a record 2,130 consecutive baseball games for the Yankees before amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) forced him from the field in 1939. Gehrig’s continued humility and courage while fatally ill inspired the country. ALS is still commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1926
Object Name
ball
autographed baseball
baseball, autographed
ID Number
2002.0123.01
accession number
2002.0123
catalog number
2002.0123.01