Though every big league team enjoyed a brief respite on June 12, 1939, events on diamonds elsewhere were among the most significant in baseball history. In celebration of the game’s centennial, this ticket stub was issued for an exhibition on the day of the Hall of Fame’s unveiling. One of just a few known examples, this voucher was for admission to Doubleday Field as the inaugural inductees (including Ruth and Cobb) assembled for a parade and exhibition. The ticket presents nicely as a minor crease is offset by crisp imagery and sharp edges. More on website.
Of note is that while that day’s gathering included the most legendary performers, all seemed well in both Cooperstown and in the Bronx. The Yankees stood at 37-9 and were in Kansas City to play an exhibition of their own. Little did they know that it was to be the last time Lou Gehrig ever played the game he had come to define. Gehrig reported to the Mayo Clinic the following day and was given his fatal diagnosis.