Lou Gehrig was the greatest player who was rarely considered the best player on his team. For more than a decade he shared the spotlight with Babe Ruth and then Joe DiMaggio, unable to match their flare or popularity. Asked about toiling alongside Ruth, Gehrig responded with typical modesty, "It's a pretty big shadow. It gives me lots of room to spread myself." Gehrig played the game in a machine-like fashion, pounding out home runs and driving in piles of runs year after year in that shadow. However, as Gehrig's consecutive games played streak mounted, it clearly set him apart from the other superstars in the game. But the modest Gehrig even shunned the attention that the streak brought him, all the while letting his performance speak for itself, earning deeper admiration from both fans and peers alike. Lefty Grove was one such peer who seemingly admired the humble Gehrig. This assumption is based on the offered bat, which was kept amongst his collection of career mementos. Gehrig and Grove were teammates on several All-Star teams beginning in 1933, and even toured Japan together during the famous off-season. Hillerich & Bradsby factory records indicate that the bat was produced for Gehrig between 1934-36. By every measure used in evaluating game used bats it is simply extraordinary. Measuring 34 ½ inches and weighing 36 ounces, its pronounced manufacturer’s markings include Gehrig’s facsimile signature stamped on the barrel in a form identifying the bat as a rare “small signature” style. Residue of a pine tar like substance appears on the barrel and heavy game use is apparent. In a third party assessment conducted by SCD Authentic, it was designated as the first Lou Gehrig bat ever to earn their highest mark of “A10”. Its physical attributes notwithstanding, rarely do game bats of this importance include player provenance of this magnitude. A remarkable gift from Lou to Lefty. LOA’s: SCD Authentic (A10).