Perhaps second only to 1927 in the legacy of Gehrig's great career, his 1936 campaign was a landmark year for several reasons. Individually, he achieved baseball's highest honor, capturing the league MVP award for his .354 average, 49 home runs, 152 RBI and career-high 167 runs. Collectively, Gehrig's Yanks won 102 ballgames and took their first of four consecutive world championships. It was the beginning of the Yankees' next great dynasty, and the ushering in of a new generation for the franchise. Unbeknownst to Gehrig and the rest of the world in 1936, “The Iron Horse" was only two short years from being compelled to retire by the insidious disease that now bears his name. This Uniform Player's Contract, dated January 15, 1936, is signed by Gehrig, Ed Barrow (General Manager), Jacob Ruppert (Owner) and William Harridge (AL President). It entitles Lou to an annual salary of $31,000, which, although assuredly a king's ransom in the scope of Depression-era America, still paled in comparison to the $80,000 per year demanded by Ruth as early as 1930. Gehrig’s full name "Henry L. Gehrig" and address "5 Circuit Rd - New Rochelle, NY" are gracefully inscribed in bold black fountain pen. Matted and framed, it is displayed for viewing with its reverse (Gehrig’s signature side) visible below photocopies of the verso. This historically significant contract represents the apex for the immortal Yankees captain - before his play would be noticeably affected by the onset of ALS. Together with copy of photograph shown. Near mint condition, with strong signatures each grading a 10. LOA: PSA/DNA.