Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig

Today we remember baseball legend Lou Gehrig, who was born on this day in 1903. Considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, Gehrig was nicknamed “the Iron House” for his durability. He set the record for most consecutive games played and led his team to six World Series titles.

He was born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig in Manhattan, New York to German immigrant parents. From an early age, Gehrig showed a natural talent for sports. He earned a football scholarship to Columbia University and studied engineering. In 1923, he left school to pursue a career in professional baseball. He signed with the New York Yankees and played his entire professional career with the team

During his 17 seasons in Major League Baseball, Gehrig set several major-league records, including most career grand slams and most consecutive games played, a record that stood for 56 years until it was surpassed in 1995 by Cal Ripken, Jr.

In 1939, Gehrig retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. That same year, he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in a special election. At just 36, he was the youngest player at the time to be given the honor. He passed away on June 2, 1941 at the age of 37 at his home in New York City.

Explore Lou Gehrig’s family tree on Geni and share how you’re connected to the baseball legend.

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