Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Birthday to the Iron Horse

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A BIRTHDAY SHOUTOUT to the great Lou Gehrig who was born on June 19, 1903.

Gehrig is perhaps one of the best Top 5 players who ever played the game of baseball. He played his entire career with the New York Yankees (from 1923-1939) and had a career .340 BA, 493 HR, 2721 H and 1995 RBI. He was a 7-time All-Star, a 6-time World Series champion and a 2-time AL MVP (1927, 1936).

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Gehrig was known as the Iron Horse because he played in a then-record 2130 consecutive games, a record which stood until September 6, 1995 when Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. broke it. Gehrig played his 2130th consecutive game on April 30, 1938 and on May 2, in Detroit, he told his manager Joe McCarthy, "I'm benching myself Joe" much to the astonishment of the Yankees, the Tigers and the Detroit fans who gave him a standing ovation. It was obvious that Gehrig felt ill from the disease which would later claim his life.

In June 1939 he was diagnosed with ALS, an incurable disease which has become known as "Lou Gehrig's disease". Gehrig died on June 2, 1941 at the age of 37. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 by a unanimous vote and the Yankees retired his No. 4, the first-ever number retired by any team.

Happy Birthday GREAT ONE!

Stats courtesy of Wikipedia

2 comments:

  1. I was hoping you would do a story on your idol after you got the quiz right the other day. nice joc

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  2. Thanks Mike. It was your quiz that inspired me to do the story. Again, great work on the trivia. Keep it up.

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