Lou Gehrig

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Date of Birth June 19, 1903
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Jun 2, 1941 (37)
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Lou Gehrig

Henry Louis Gehrig was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname "The Iron Horse." He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once, an American League Most Valuable Player twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams. He had a career.340 batting average,.632 slugging average, and a.447 on base average. He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in. He still has the highest ratio of runs scored plus runs batted in per 100 plate appearances and per 100 games among Hall of Fame players. In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number retired by a team. A native of New York City and a student at Columbia University, Gehrig signed with the Yankees in 1923.

About Lou Gehrig

Baseball Hall of Famer, seven-time All-Star, six-time World Series Champion, and two-time AL MVP who became known as the "Iron Horse" after playing in 2,130 consecutive games. He died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which came to be known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Before Fame

While at Columbia University, he had to wait to play baseball due to eligibility issues, so he instead tried his hand in football.

Achievement

He set an MLB record with 23 grand slams. The record stood for nearly 75 years before Alex Rodriguez hit his 24th on September 20, 2013.

Family Life

He married Eleanor Twitchell, the daughter of the Chicago Parks commissioner, in September of 1933. The couple remained married until his death.

Associations

He and Don Mattingly are two of the Yankees' most celebrated first basemen.

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  • American League Triple Crown winners
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  • American League batting champions
  • Sportspeople from New Rochelle, New York
  • American League Most Valuable Player Award winners
  • American League home run champions
  • American League RBI champions
  • College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees
  • Sportspeople from Manhattan
  • Burials at Kensico Cemetery
  • Hartford Senators players
  • Major League Baseball players with retired numbers
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees
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Latest information about Lou Gehrig updated on October 30, 2020.

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