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18 Lou Gehrig Facts You Need to Know!

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The Lou Gehrig facts every baseball fan should know …

Where was Lou Gehrig born?

Lou Gehrig was born on in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, New York.

When was Lou Gehrig born?

Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903.

What teams did Lou Gehrig play for?

Lou Gehrig played for the New York Yankees during his entire 17-year career in Major League Baseball.

Is Lou Gehrig in the Hall of Fame?

Yes, Gehrig was elected to the Hall of Fame via special election December of 1939, less than a year after he retired.

When did Lou Gehrig die?

Lou Gehrig died on June 2, 1941,

How did Lou Gehrig die?

Gehrig died after a rapid decline in his physical state, which included dramatic problems with muscle control, balance, and fatigue. After numerous consultations with physicians and extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Gehrig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

The disease almost immediately took on the colloquial name of “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

Though he lived another two years after his 1939 diagnosis, Gehrig eventually died of complications from ALS.

Where is Lou Gehrig buried?

Lou Gehrig is buried at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York, in suburban Westchester County. His ashes are locked in a vault in the same section of the cemetery as Yankees executive Ed Barrow, and one section over from fellow Yankees legends Babe Ruth and Billy Martin.

How old was Lou Gehrig when he died?

Gehrig was 37 years and 348 days old when he died of ALS on June 2, 1941. He was 17 days shy of his 38th birthday.

Who did Lou Gehrig replace?

Gehrig famously replaced Wally Pipp at first base for the Yankees on June 1, 1925, when the slumping Pipp asked for a day off. Gehrig wouldn’t come out of the lineup until May of 1939.

How many games did Lou Gehrig play?

Gehrig played 2130 consecutive games from 1925 through 1939, a record streak that would stand until Cal Ripken, Jr., surpassed it in 1995. Overall, Gehrig played in 2164 major league games from 1923 through 1939.

What was Lou Gehrig famous for?

Gehrig was probably most famous for replacing Wally Pipp at first base as a breather for the veteran, and then never coming out of the lineup. Or, at least not coming out for the next 14 seasons.

Later, Gehrig unfortunately became famously tied to ALS, the disease also commonly called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

When did Lou Gehrig debut?

Lou Gehrig made his first major league appearance on June 15, 1923.

When did Lou Gehrig retire?

Gehrig officially retired on June 21, 1939, two days after his ALS diagnosis. On July 4, 1939, at Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium, Gehrig delivered his retirement speech, which featured the famed “The luckiest man on the face of the earth” line.

Why did Lou Gehrig retire?

Gehrig retired because his debilitating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis made it impossible for him to continue playing baseball.

How many World Series did Lou Gehrig win?

Gehrig won seven World Series with the New York Yankees, in 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, and 1939. He didn’t play in the final Fall Classic but was still given a championship ring by the team.

Gehrig’s Yanks also played in the 1926 World Series, losing in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Did Lou Gehrig go to college?

Yes, Gehrig played college baseball at Columbia University before signing a contract with the Yankees in 1923.

Where did Lou Gehrig go to college?

Gehrig attended Columbia University, where he played first base and pitched for the Lions.

Where did Lou Gehrig die?

Lou Gehrig died at his home in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City, New York.

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