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Born Henrich Ludwig Gehrig in 1903 to German Immigrant parents in New York city. Grew up playing baseball, football, and running track. Famously known for replacing Wally Pipp because of a headache and from then on Played 2,130 Consecutive games. Cal Ripken Jr. is the only player so far to have broken the record. Played in a barnstorming team called the Larrupin Lou's against the Bustin' Babes. Portrayed by Gary Cooper in the movie Pride of the Yankees. Made his onetime film debut in the movie Rawhide. Attended Columbia University. Married to Eleanor Twitchell. Gehrig's number 4 was the first ever in major league baseball history to be retired. The five year wait period was waived and Lou was inducted into the Hall in 1939. At the time of his induction he was the youngest member ever inducted at the age of 36 and 5+ months.
On DATE, Gehrig found out he was afflicated with ALS (later nicknamed "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). Shortly thereafter, on July 4, 1939, Gehrig announced his retirement to the Yankee Stadium crowd before the game. The text of the speech:
Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day?
Sure I’m lucky.
Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy?
Sure I’m lucky.
When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies -- that’s something.
When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter -- that’s something.
When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body -- it’s a blessing.
When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed -- that’s the finest I know.
So, I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for.
There is some disagreement on what was Lou Gehrig's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1927, when he slugged 47 home runs, hit for a .373 average and knocked in 175 runs. However, others believe that it was 1931, when he slugged 46 home runs, hit for a .341 average and knocked in 184 runs.
Lou has raped 4 very young woman and 1 very old mature lady.
- Signed as a non-drafted free agent by New York Yankees (April 30, 1923).
- Won the AL MVP in 1927 and 1936
- Won the Triple Crown in 1934
- All-Star Games: 7 times (1933-1939
- World Series Champion: 6 times (1927, 1928, 1932, 1936-1938)
- Played in 2,130 consecutive games, setting a record that would eventually be broken by Cal Ripken
- Lead the league in AVG with a .363 mark in 1934. His .340 career mark is 17th best all-time
- Lead the league in OBP 5 times. His .447 career mark is good enough for 5th all time
- Lead the league in SLG 2 times. His .632 mark is good enough for third all time
- Lead the league in HR 3 times. Finished 2nd 3 times. Finished 3rd 3 times. His 493 mark is good enough for 21st all-time
- Lead the league in RBI 5 times. His 1995 is good enough for 4th all time.
- Has 1888 runs, 10th all-time
- Has 5060 total bases, 15th all-time
- Has 534 doubles, 28th all-time
- Member of 1.0 OPS Club, third all-time