September 22, 2014
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - A mitt signed by legendary New York Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig is going up for auction.
Howard Henderson was a boy some 80 years ago when the first baseman befriended him during front-yard games of catch. The glove Gehrig gave his fellow lefty will be auctioned off July 15.
Hunt Auctions says it can't prove Gehrig used the glove in a game, though Henderson said Gehrig told him he had.
The glove is autographed "To Howard. I hope you have much luck with this glove as I did. Lou Gehrig." It is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.
Gehrig was friends with Henderson's father, songwriter Ray Henderson. Howard Henderson turns 92 on Friday, the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous July 4 farewell speech at Yankee Stadium.
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