Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig (Louis Gehrig) (gâr´Ĭg), 1903–41, American baseball player, b. New York City. He studied and played baseball at Columbia, where he was spotted by a scout for the New York Yankees. As the team's first baseman (1925–39), Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive league games (setting a record that stood until 1995, when it was broken by Cal Ripken, Jr.), batted .361 in seven World Series, and broke many other major-league records. The "Iron Horse," as he was known to admirers, had a lifetime batting average of .340, and his 493 home runs rank him among the game's best. He four times won the Most Valuable Player award. Stricken by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a rare type of paralysis since commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, Gehrig retired from baseball in 1939 and served (1940–41) as a parole commissioner in New York City. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

See K. Brandt, Lou Gehrig: Pride of the Yankees (1985); J. Eig, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2005).

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Batting a Thousand at Being a Man: Lou Gehrig Always Stepped Up to the Plate to Meet Whatever Life Pitched His Way-Even His Own Impending Death-With the Integrity, Humility, and Equanimity of a Real Man
Kirkwood, R. Cort.
The New American, Vol. 22, No. 16, August 7, 2006
Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
Edward J. Rielly.
University of Nebraska Press, 2005
Librarian’s tip: "Gehrig, Henry Louis (Lou, the Iron Horse) (1903-1941)" begins on p. 113
From Depression to War: American Society in Transition--1939
August C. Bolino.
Praeger Publishers, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "The Comings and Goings in Baseball: The Iron Horse Stops Running" begins on p. 201
Bad Times but Still Swingin': World Series Coverage before and during the Depression
Carvalho, John.
Nine, Vol. 13, No. 1, Fall 2004
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Reconnecting the Baseball Star
Rein, Irving; Shields, Ben.
Nine, Vol. 16, No. 1, Fall 2007
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Encyclopedia of Ethnicity and Sports in the United States
George B. Kirsch; Othello Harris; Claire E. Nolte.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Gehrig, Henry Louis" begins on p. 178
The Neuropsychology of Degenerative Brain Diseases
Robert G. Knight.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" begins on p. 239
Inflammatory Enzyme Modulates Motor Neuron Damage in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Phelps, Jerry.
Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 114, No. 12, December 2006
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