1937 PIC Sport Pictures Magazine - Life of Lou Gehrig

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  • Sold Date: Mar 20,2011
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This issue of PIC Sport Pictures magazine from July, 1937 is Vol. 1, No. 3 for this publication. Published by Street & Smith Publication, Inc. in New York. The feature article is "The Life of Lou Gehrig"--"Larrupin' Lou--The Iron Man of Baseball". This magazine is very rare--I'm not able to find another one anywhere.

Photo 6 shows Lou as a member of the High School of Commerce football team.

Photo 7 shows him when he played with the Commerce ball team which held the 1919 Public School Athletic League Championship of Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Richmond.

Photo 2 shows Lou with the "Larrupin' Lous". In 1927 Lou went on an exhibition tour with Babe Ruth. In each city the Babe headed one team known as the "Bustin' Babes" and Lou captained the opposition under the name of the "Larrupin' Lous". Most of the games were broken up before the final inning by kids swarming on the field for Babe's autograph.

Photo 3 shows Lou in 1935 when he toured the Orient with an American League all-star team.

Photo 4: Lou learned his batting style from Babe Ruth. He grips the bat at the end instead of choking it. In 1931 he tied Ruth with 46 homers. He was batting champion of the American League in 1934.

Photo 5 shows Lou being congratulated by his mother and his sister after the 1928 World's Series when the Iron Man batted .545 and socked out 6 homers.

There are also articles on other sports including car racing, tennis, boxing, golf, track, horseracing, etc. Photo 8 shows the track for the July 3rd road race--the second U.S. race. They used a cat claw surface like the one at Avus in Germany.

Photo 9 shows the winner of the 1st U.S. road race: Tazio Nuvolari in an Alpha Romeo (top) and Wilbur Shaw's Gilmore Special, the only American entrant of European design.

Photo 10 shows (foreground) Abe Simon at the punching bag in the Pioneer Gym. Abe is the heavyweight who KOed Jack Torrence.

Photo 11 shows jockey Eddie Litzenberger weighing out after a mud race.

And last but not least, Photo 12 shows Lou Gehrig as he tried out for the role of Tarzan--picture executives decided he would do better in Westerns...

This 32-page magazine is large: 10 1/4" x 13 3/4". I find no tears or writing on the pages--there are tiny tears at some page edges and some minor chipping around the edges. Spine is partially tape-repaire as part of it is splitting. All pages have some age-discoloration, especially at edges. It's actually in very good condition and chock full of photos that take you back to the summer, 1937 sports scene.

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