Lou Gehrig

San Francisco Chronicle - - PAGE 2 -

The bat the “Iron Horse” used to hit his last two home runs, in an ex­hi­bi­tion game in 1939, is be­ing auc­tioned off again. Once owned by ac­tor Kurt Rus­sell’s fam­ily, the bat is part of a Yan­kees Le­gends of­fer­ing by Her­itage Auc­tions. The en­tire col­lec­tion is from one owner and has mostly Yan­keesre­lated mem­o­ra­bilia, in­clud­ing a bat used by Roger Maris in the 1961 sea­son when he hit a then­record 61st homer. Gehrig gave the bat he used for the homers in the ex­hi­bi­tion game to Bing Rus­sell, Kurt Rus­sell’s fa­ther, who was a bat­boy with the Yan­kees. It stayed in the fam­ily un­til Jill Franco, Kurt Rus­sell’s sis­ter and the mother of for­mer ma­jor­lea­guer Matt Franco, sold it in an auc­tion in Novem­ber 2011 for $403,664.

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