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Lou Gehrig

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Lou Gehrig

A 1935 portrait of Lou Gehrig (1903-1941), first baseman and slugger for the New York Yankees.

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Vital Statistics:

Born: June 19, 1903 in New York.

Died: June 2, 1941

Teams: New York Yankees (1923-39)

Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1939

Height: 6-0

Weight: 200

Batted: Left

Threw: Left

Primary position: First baseman

Career Highlights:

  • Played in a then-record 2,130 consecutive games, from 1925 to 1939.
  • In between, was one of the best hitters in baseball history, batting .340 with 493 home runs and teaming with Babe Ruth as perhaps the greatest 1-2 punch ever.
  • Had 13 consecutive seasons with 100 runs and 100 RBI, averaging 139 runs and 148 RBI.
  • Set an AL record with 184 RBI in 1931. Three of the top six RBI seasons in history belong to Gehrig.
  • Won six World Series (hitting .361 with 10 homers).
  • Hit 23 career grand slams.

After Retirement:

  • Forced to retire at age 34 when diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
  • Made a famous speech on July 4, 1939 at Yankee Stadium, calling himself the "luckiest man on the face of the earth" after a tremendous ovation by fans.
  • Was the first player to ever have his uniform number (No. 4) retired.
  • Died on June 2, 1941.
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