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Signed Gehrig Glove Up For 200K

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares GREENWICH, Conn. — It was some 80 years ago that Lou Gehrig and the 12-year-old son of a songwriter got bored with talk of music and opted to play catch instead.The legendary New York Yankees slugger and the boy were fast friends and next time they tossed the ball around the front yard, Gehrig brought Howard Henderson — a fellow lefty — a better glove.The autographed mitt — “To Howard. I hope you have much luck with this glove as I did. Lou Gehrig.” — will be auctioned off July 15. It is expected to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.Henderson, now a retired architect who lives in Greenwich, turns 92 on July 4. That’s also the 75th anniversary of Gehrig’s famous July 4th farewell speech at Yankee Stadium, in which he called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the Earth” despite being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.Henderson was used to encountering the famous such as actor Jimmy Durante and actress Ethel Merman. But Gehrig stood out, literally.“I was impressed. He was big,” Henderson said, cupping his hands far apart to describe the size of his calves. “He was a very nice guy, probably one of the nicest people in baseball.”Gehrig and his wife, Eleanor, were friends with Henderson’s father, Ray. Gehrig’s wife aspired to be a songwriter herself, Henderson said. “We weren’t interested. Somebody suggested let’s go out on the front lawn and play catch,” Henderson said.Gehrig promised to bring Henderson a better glove the next time he visited the family’s Bronxville, New York, home. “He said ‘this one is already broken in. I used it for part of the season,’” Henderson said.David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions, which is selling the glove and a photo on behalf of Henderson, said he’s confident it is Gehrig’s signed glove but can’t prove he used it in a game, though he likely did. Hunt said they couldn’t find the exact glove among the photos of Gehrig, but found images of very similar mitts Gehrig wore in the 1930s.“It’s our strong belief that this has a wonderful chance of being a glove that not only did Gehrig sign and inscribe but actually used,” Hunt said.Henderson and Gehrig kept in touch after their front lawn tosses. Henderson once visited him in the dugout and, later, at his home as the hall of famer’s health worsened because of the condition that would later be commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.Gehrig was dying when Henderson visited him at his home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, but was cautioned by Gehrig’s wife not to talk about his illness and to keep the visit short. Gehrig was in a bathrobe and slippers, sitting in a wheelchair at the dining room table.A friend came into the house and walked around the room, suddenly grabbing the flowers in a vase and eating them like peanuts. It was Pitzy Katz, a comedian. “Lou said, ‘Stop eating the flowers. Laughing hurts,’” Henderson said.(JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN)last_img read more

Fister, Nats Beat Mets, 7-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Michael Taylor’s parents planned to come see him this weekend, so they missed his smashing start. At least the rookie had a keepsake to show them — barely.Taylor homered in his big league debut, setting off a silly sequence to retrieve the prize, and the Washington Nationals backed Doug Fister with four long shots Tuesday night in a 7-1 romp over the New York Mets.“Definitely better than I imagined,” Taylor said, his cell phone buzzing every few seconds with happy messages.Bryce Harper homered early, then Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond and Taylor connected in the sixth inning as the NL East leaders won their ninth straight at Citi Field.Promoted from Triple-A over the weekend, Taylor singled in his first at-bat and later hit a two-run drive the opposite way at one of the majors’ most spacious parks.A ball boy ran out to right field to pick up Taylor’s home run ball, but mistakenly tossed it to a young fan in the stands. Alerted to his error, the ball boy and a couple of security guards quickly worked out a trade of another ball to reclaim the prize.Taylor said he heard about the scramble, but didn’t see it. He admitted he was “kind of numb” standing at first base after his first hit, and was “just trying to breathe and relax and enjoy it” after his home run.Taylor finished 2- for-4. The 23-year-old outfielder hit a combined .315 with 22 homers and 35 stolen bases in the minors this season, almost all of it at Double-A.Taylor got to start while star outfielder Jayson Werth got an MRI on his aching right shoulder. The team didn’t have the results on that exam right after the game.Fister (12-3) came back from a 25-minute rain delay and pitched seven shutout innings. He gave up seven hits, walked none and struck out three. Fister also hit a single for good measure after a 1-for-30 start at the plate this year.“Doug throws what he wants when he wants and where he wants,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “When you go up there, especially when you’re looking at our lineup four through nine, they’re all pretty young, and he can carve you up and he does.”Fister sounded more excited about Taylor’s performance than his own.“He’ll always remember Day 1,” the veteran pitcher said, adding, “as a young guy, you’ve got to rag him a little bit.”Fister was on deck when Taylor homered. As Taylor passed by on the way back to the dugout, Fister wisecracked to him: “Oh, it’s that easy, huh?”Asdrubal Cabrera hit two doubles and a single as the Nationals improved to 23-4 at Citi Field dating to 2011. The only Washington starter who didn’t get on base was leadoff man Denard Span, ending his 14-game hitting streak and his string of reaching safely at 36 games.Rafael Montero (0-3) was tagged for three homers and five runs in five-plus innings. He was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day after impressive rookie Jacob deGrom went on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis.Mets star David Wright singled twice, giving him an 11-game hitting streak.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more