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Lou Gehrig learns he has ALS, ending his stellar career...

Item # 661233

June 21, 1939

NEW YORK WORLD-TELEGRAM, June 21, 1939  The front pages has a six column headline announcing: "Gehrig Has Paralyzing Illness" as well as a photo of him headed: "Doctors Find Him Through as Player" and "Veteran Yankee Appears in Good Spirits When He Says, 'At Least I Know What's the Matter With Me' ". The photo is captioned: "Lou Gehrig, greatest of Yankee first sackers, as he returned with Mrs. Gehrig after his examination at the Mayo Clinic."
The article begins: "Lou Gehrig is definitely through as an active ball player. He is suffering from a rare disease which tends to paralyze the central nervous system and waste the muscles...".
The article carries over to the sports page where there is another article: "Gehrig Through, Has Chronic Infantile Paralysis" and related subheads.
Terrific to have this very notable report in a New York City newspaper, and the report on the front page as well (N.Y. Times report is a day later and on page 26). 
Complete in 52 pages, small library stamp in the masthead, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.

Item from Catalog 286 (released for September, 2019)...

Category: The 20th Century

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