It’s been called “baseball’s Gettysburg Address.” I rank it as the #6 Baseball record as it came before a sold out Yankee Stadium audience on July 4, 1939…
The list of achievements credited to Lou Gehrig is endless. He was the first major league baseball player to have his number retired (in this case, #4). He hit 23 grand slam home runs. Only Alex Rodriguez has hit more with 25…but how do you recognize someone like A-Rod who missed the entire 2014 season for using Performance Enhancing Drugs?
Gehrig’s consecutive-games-played streak of 2,130 lasted 56 years..when Cal Ripken Jr. bettered it in 1995. I can’t recommend enough that you see the 1942 movie depicting Gehrig’s life, “Pride Of The Yankees” starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright and Walter Brennan. The movie is often shown on cable TV movie channels.
Lou Gehrig was 37 years old when he died June 2, 1941 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). That disease today is often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
It’s very sad and ironic that almost a year ago (4/1/16) the winningest high school football coach in Pennsylvania history, George Curry, died of Lou Gehrig’s disease.