Lou Gehrig

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Lou Gehrig


- Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903, in Yorkville, New York City, NY.- He went to Commerce High School and graduated from their on January 27, 1921. Then he enrolled at Columbia University on February 13, 1921.-His parents, Heinrich and Christina Gehrig, were German immigrants and of their four children, Lou was the only one who survived to adulthood. Growing up as a mama's boy, Lou lived with his parents until he married at the age of 30.- Lou was signed to the New York Yankees in 1923 where he played 15 amazing years of baseball. He played as a first baseman and a pinch hitter.-In 1939, Lou Gehrig retiered from baseball where his number 4 retired and he was diagnosed with ALS. (Which was later changed to Lou Gehrig's Disease.) He died on June 2, 1941, in Riverdale, New York City, NY.-Gehrig was the first athlete to have his number retired in 1939. He was number 4.

.On June 3, 1932, Lou Gehrig and the Yankees travelled to take on the Athleticsin Shibe park.

1921 - Enrolls at Columbia University.1923 - Signed with the New York Yankees.1923 - Played his first game as a member of the Yankees.1926 - Gehrig led the league with 20 triples. 1927 - He wins his first World Series.1932 - First player to hit 4 hr's in one game.1939 - diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

- Lou Gehrig won the Triple Crom in 1934 when he led the American League in batting average(.363), home runs(49), and runs batted in(165).- In 1987 Don Mattingly set the record for the most grand slams in a single season with six. Then Alex Rodriguez hit 24 career grand slams, the most by any player in Major League Baseball history, passing Lour Gehrig's 23 by 1 on September 20, 2013.-He set a record by playing in a consecutive streak of 2,130 professional baseball games throughout his career, despite 17 fractures in his hands, being baeaned several times, having severe back pain, and suffering various other ilnesses and minor injuries. Gehrig's record stood until Cal Ripken, Jr. brike it in 1995.

Lasting Impact

I think Lou Gehrig taught everyone that no matter what hardship or trouble that occurs, a person's spirit can rise above that. It made people put things into perspective, and realize how lucky they are and how much they take things for granted. To add, for all his hard work and troubles they rewarded him with his number being retired and his name named after his disease he had during the end his baseball career.


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Mini Biography



"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all."-Lou Gahrig

Important Colleague

"The Iron Horse"

Lou and Babe shared confidences, eating, traveling and barnstorming together, playing cards, swapping batting tips, fishing and golfing together, Ruth and Gehrig should have grown closer with the passing years. Instead, they pulled apart, their sharp differences of personality and character souring their relationship. Lou's famous quote about Babe is "Lets face it. I'm not a headline guy. I always knew that as long as I was following Babe to the plate I could have gone up there and stood on my head. No one would have noticed the difference. When the Babe was through swinging, whether he hit one or fanned, nobody paid any attention to the next hitter. They all were talking about what the Babe had done".


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