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  Lou Gehrig Memorial Game Ticket July 4th, 1941 Rainout  
  Lou Gehrig Memorial Game Ticket Rain out  
    On July 4, 1939 the New York Yankees held Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium, and in tribute, Gehrig's uniform number 4, will become the first ever to be retired. After emcee Sid Mercer informs the sell-out crowd that Gehrig is too moved to speak, 'the iron horse' changes his mind when Skipper Joe McCarthy encourages him, and delivers the keynote address in baseball history describing himself as "the luckiest man on the face of this earth".

 Two years later on June 2, 1941 Lou Gehrig succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 37. Special Lou Gehrig Memorial Game tickets were printed by the Yankees, planning to honor Gehrig on the anniversary of his speech, July 4, 1941, by placing a monument in center field next to the monument for Yankees manager Miller Huggins. Unfortunately the game was rained out.
 
 Typically, tickets for games that were rained out are voided, and the rain check could be exchanged at the ticket window for another scheduled game later in the season. If the "Make Up Game" for the rain out was added to another scheduled game to create a double header, the ticket number for that scheduled game was used for admission to both games.

 What the Yankees did instead; was reschedule the event by adding a second game to the game scheduled on July 6, voided out the game number 40 tickets printed for that game, and the special tickets printed for July 4th were honored for admission to the double header.

 A reported attendance of 60,948 fans witnessed the event and the Yankees swept the doubleheader, but it was also reported to be a sell-out crowd. Grandstand ticket Game No. "E" is believed to be used for walk up ticket sales. Further research needs to done to confirm this, but it is the only game in 1941, that had an excess crowd.

 Tickets featuring a letter as the game number were used in a pinch for games that were made up on an off day, or for large crowds exceeding the number of tickets available for a game. Ticket Game No. "E" is the only lettered ticket that has surfaced for 1941, and there was no need to use a lettered ticket for any other game.

 Special Note on DiMaggio's 56 Game hitting streak: On July 6, 1941, Joe DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to 47 in game-I, and 48 in game-II.
 
 
 
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