Gehrig, Lou

Henry Louis Gehrig
Born: June 19, 1903, New York, New York
Died: June 2, 1941, Riverdale, New York
Played For: 
New York Yankees (1923-1939)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1939

Lou Gehrig teamed with Babe Ruth to form baseball's most devastating hitting tandem ever. The Iron Horse had 13 consecutive seasons with both 100 runs scored and 100 RBIs, averaging 139 runs and 148 RBIs; set an American League mark with 184 RBIs in 1931; hit a record 23 grand slams; and won the 1934 Triple Crown. His .361 batting average in seven World Series led the Yankees to six titles. A true gentleman and a tragic figure, Gehrig's consecutive games-played streak ended at 2,130 when he was felled by a disease that later carried his name.

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Did You Know: 
that Lou Gehrig was the first baseball player to have his uniform number retired?
Lou was the most valuable player the Yankees ever had because he was the prime source of their greatest asset -- an implicit confidence in themselves and every man on the club.
sportswriter Stanley Frank