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Fred Lieb Typewritten Letter About Friendship with Lou Gehrig - Also Ruth Content

Lot Number 1634

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An intimate, insightful testimonial from the dean of baseball writers, Fred Lieb (1888-1980). The missive appears on Lieb's personal stationery, measures 7-1/4" x 10-3/4", rates EX/EX-MT, and reads in part, "Lou Gehrig, the great Iron Horse of the New York Yankees, was my closest friend among the hundreds of Big League players that I have known. Both Lou and I came from German-born parents and my wife early befriended Lou's moth[er], Mom Gehrig, and if you did anything for Mom, you did something for Lou. It brought about an early Gehrig-Lieb alliance...While making no attempt to follow Babe Ruth's private life, [Gehrig] really loved, admired, the big Bambino. This deep feeling he had for Ruth lasted even through four late years, when the Sultan of Swat and his Crown Prince, Lou, were estranged. It was an estrangement brought about by differences between the two wives, and was ended when Babe threw his arms around Lou, and wept as he embraced Gehrig, then in the early stages of the malady that took Gehrig's life in 1941."

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