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Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig, American Legend, "The Pride of the Yankees," a player of incomparable slugging feats, a man of quiet modesty, holds the major league record with Ruth and Foxx with 13 years of driving in over 100 runs.  Gehrig's 13 years being consecutive.  He led the league in home runs three times and in RBI's five different times. He also scored over 100 runs in 13 consecutive seasons.

First baseman, Lou Gehrig followed Babe Ruth in the batting order and was his principal rival as a slugger.  As some indication of the way these two players dominated the slugging statistics during the late 1920's, consider these facts: in 1927, Ruth hit 60 home runs and Gehrig belted 47, the man who finished third hit only 18.  The combined home run total of Ruth and Gehrig was almost twice as great as that of any other 1927 team.

In 1930, Gehrig lined 220 hits, batted .379, 42 doubles, 17 triples, 41 HR's, that's 100 extra base hits. He scored 143 runs and had 174 RBI's. His slugging average of .721 still ranks in the top ten for one season's play.

Lou Gehrig batting statistics rank him in the top five of all-time hitters. In eight different years he got 200 hits or more in a season.  Gehrig career batting average was .340. He struck out on average less than 50 times a year.  He batted over .370 in three different seasons, his high mark was .379 in 1930.

In 1934, Lou Gehrig batted .363, hit 49 homers, with 165 RBI's, walked 109 times and only struck out 31 times. This quote is from an old newspaper clipping in 1935: "Gehrig is not a pronounced pull hitter; as he hits "screamers" in all directions".

Keep in mind, Gehrig only played 13 full seasons.  He hit 20 triples in 1926, he slugged ten or more triples in eight different years. Gehrig was considered a good base runner, he stole home 15 times along  with 102 lifetime stolen bases. His career fielding average was a high .991 and he was considered one of the better fielding first baseman of his era.  In World Series play, Gehrig was devastating, with a .361 batting mark.  He slugged 10 home runs, drove in 35 runs in 34 World Series Games.

On May 1, 1939, Gehrig removed himself from the starting lineup after playing in 2,130 consecutive games.  Baffled and frustrated by his body's inability to perform simple tasks, he check into Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  His illness was diagnosed as amyotropic lateral sclerosis, a disease which destroys a person's muscles - later named Lou Gehrig's Disease.  On July 4, 1939, Yankee Stadium was overflowed to honor this great person and ballplayer.  Two years later, Gehrig died at the age of 37.

Lou Gehrig career: played 2,164 games (2,130 in a row); batted 8,001 times, hit 534 D, 163 T, 493 HR's, scored an incredible 1888 runs with 1995 RBI's, he walked over 1500 times and only fanned 790 times.  Gehrig's lifetime batting average .340 including 2721 hits. - Legends Lou Gehrig

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