Lou Gehrig was a first baseman and the first to play 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Loud Gehrig was an all star seven consecutive times. We know him as the guy who has a disease named after him and that's probably why you know him. But he is one of the best baseball players in history. Born in 1903, June 19th he grew up in Manhattan. He's always had an interest for baseball but took it seriously in highschool. Started attending Columbia University. From there he started his major league career in 1923.
His debut was June 15th, 1923. The first baseman out of Columbia University was only starting his career. The long awaited Lou Gehrig was here. He batted left handed and also threw left handed. His batting average for his first season was a .423. Which is good for a rookie. He had one home run considering it was his first season. But his third season he hit 20 home rubs which was a big jump considering he was no longer a rookie. He was coming to the peak of his career, fans could tell he would be a star.
Lou Gehrig had an amazing career, although it was coming to a close. Due to his newly incurable condition called neuromuscular disorder he was forced to retire at 36. He had over 400 home runs and was known as a star. His last MLB appearance was on April 30th, 1939. He lived out the last two years of his life and spent time with his family and friends. Everyone knew he was going to be in the hall of fame. On June 2nd 1941 his incurable disease won the battle. Everyone was shocked but people saw it coming knowing he couldn't be cured or treated his time was very short. He died at age 39 a baseball legend. Today we know this as Lou Gehrig disease named after him.
Quote from Lou Gehrig: "The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all".
Lou Gehrig June 19, 1903-June 2, 1941