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Lou Gehrig gets special election for Hall of Fame...
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December 08, 1939
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 8, 1939
* Lou Gehrig "The Iron Horse"
* New York Yankees baseball
* To get in Hall of Fame due to illness
* Baseball Writers' Association of America
The sport's section (page 35) has a small one column heading: "Writers Move to Place Gehrig in Hall of Fame" (see) Great to have in this famous NYC title, home of the New York Yankees.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete with all 52 pages, rag edition in nice condition.
wikipedia notes: During a winter meeting of the Baseball Writers' Association on December 7, 1939, Gehrig was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in a special election related to his illness. At age 36, he was the youngest player to be so honored to date (that figure was surpassed by Sandy Koufax in 1972). He never had a formal induction ceremony. On July 28, 2013, 11 other deceased players and he, including Rogers Hornsby, received a special tribute during the induction ceremony, held during "Hall of Fame Induction Weekend", July 26–29 in Cooperstown, New York.
Category: The 20th Century