Lou Gehrig, who lived from June 19, 1903 to June 2, 1941, was a professional baseball player who played for the New York Yankees. He played for the team from 1923 to 1939. Besides being known for being one of the greatest baseball players of all time, he is also known for the disease that is named after him, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, “ALS,” or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the legendary baseball player:
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The first fact is that he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. This is notable because he finished his playing career in the same year.
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He held the record for most consecutive games played for many years. In September of 1995, former Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken, Jr. broke the record.
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He spoke against baseball’s color barrier. In his words, “It is our national pastime and a game for all.”
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His grave is at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York. Interestingly, this cemetery is only a short distance away from the cemetery that Babe Ruth was buried at, the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
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One of his best seasons was in 1934. He was able to post excellent numbers during the season. When the season came to an end, he had a .363 batting average, an on-base percentage of .465, a slugging percentage of .706, and a total of 49 home runs. He was the 1934 American League Triple Crown winner.
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Another interesting fact is that he gave one of the most famous speeches in the history of sports. Reflecting on his career as a professional baseball player, he stated, “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Gehrig said these words during his retirement ceremony on July 4, 1939.
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As one would expect, he was a member of seven All-Star teams. He was an All-Star during each year from 1933 to 1939.
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Another interesting fact about the legendary baseball player is that he was the first professional athlete to appear on a box of Wheaties cereal. He was on the box of cereal in 1934.
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He was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006. This was the inaugural class.
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The last interesting fact is that he spoke about how fans respected him even when his playing days were over and he was slowly dying. He stated, “You have to get knocked down to realize how people really feel about you. I’ve realized that more than ever lately. The other day, I was on my way to the car. It was hailing, the streets were slippery and I was having a tough time of it … But before I could fall, four people jumped out of nowhere to help me. When I thanked them, they all said they knew about my illness and had been keeping an eye on me.”
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