Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig
On this day in 1846, the first officially recorded, organized baseball game was played under Alexander Cartwright‘s rules in Hoboken, New Jersey. Dubbed the “father of baseball,” Cartwright played the role of umpire for the game. And it was on this day 57 years later that American baseball legend Lou Gehrig was born in Yorkville, New York. Nicknamed “The Iron Horse,” Gehrig set several major league records, including the most career grand slams. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. Sadly, his career was cut short when he was stricken with ALS, a disorder now commonly known in the U.S. as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
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