Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903, in New York City. He died on June 2, 1941. In
1921 he went to Columbia University to get a football scholarship for a degree in engineering.
In 1923 he played baseball for the Columbia Nine as pitcher and on first base.
The Yankees offered to trade Gehrig to the Boston Red Sox for Phil Todt in 1925 to repay Boston
for the blockbuster Babe Ruth trade a few years earlier. The Red Sox turned them down. Gehrig
was named "Iron Horse" because of his 2,130 consecutive game streak. In 1926 he hit .313 and was
leading the league with 20 triples. Since Ruth had won it before, the most valuable player award
went to Gehrig. In 1932, on June 3, he became the first American Leaguer to hit 4 home runs in
one game. Gehrig started doing worse on the field. He didn't have his usual strength. He
struggled getting to first in time for the throw. In 1939 he took himself out of the game, ending
his consecutive streak.
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