” The Iron Horse” his nickname,
Gehrig* played his 2,130
*Lou played first base and batted fourth for the legendary New York Yankee teams of the 1920s and ’30s. His long and sterling career was abruptly ended by a progressive disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord which control the muscles throughout the body. The disease is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Besides being an accomplished and durable baseball performer, Lou never let fame go to his head. He never lost the common touch. Decent, modest, he was a consummate gentleman who wore his heart on his sleeve. So it was that despite facing a grim fate, he stood that following July 4 on the field in Yankee stadium and delivered perhaps the most emotional farewell in baseball history. “Today,” he said, with tears in his eyes, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Not a dry eye was there that day. And the fans in their hearts thanked the gods of baseball for their beloved Number 4.
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