Lot 384: End of the Trail by Ben Greenhaus (1939)
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Auction Date:6/15/2012 9:00 PM EST
UPDATE: The person in the photo next to Gehrig is Yankees manager Joe McCarthy not Babe Ruth as stated in the catalog
The definitive image of Lou Gehrig on Lou Gehrig Day - July 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium. New York Times photographer Ben Greenhaus, who was working for Wide World Photo at the time, captured this heartbreaking moment, which includes an understandably deflated Joe McCarthy standing beside his teammate. This is a spectacular 10x13” print mounted on artist’s board to approximately 13x15” and is in EX+ condition. The photo was specially created for a photography contest that Greenhaus had entered. There were other pieces by him entered in the contest with similar mountings. In fact, this image is only seen as a lesser-quality wire photograph. A vintage, first-generation print from the original negative, the back is marked by the artist in pencil, “END OF THE ROAD - BEN GREENHAUS - WIDE WORLD PHOTO.” After proclaiming to the crowd that he considered himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth," Gehrig died less than two years later. "Lou Gehrig Day" festivities took place between games of a Yankees-Senators doubleheader in The Bronx.
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