The assignment was to explore a vocation of interest and talk to a professional -- so naturally, a Hawthorne teen wrote to baseball great Lou Gehrig, the New York Post reports .
In May 1938, Tom Templeton sent 10 questions to Gehrig asking about what it's like to be a professional ball player, the hours, salary and drawbacks.
Sure enough, a response came for Templeton in the mail the following week when the assignment was due.
The hours were afternoons, pay was $250 a week (which amounts to $4,279.93 today and drawbacks were none.
The pair of letters between the famed Iron Horse and Templeton were sold last Sunday to a 52-year-old Yankee fan from Long Island for $16,800, according to The Post.
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