The Shape of Things to Come
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS •
JUNE 26, 1920 – A 17-year old high school kid wowed fans and major league scouts on this date in 1920 by hitting a towering grand slam out of Cubs Park (now known as Wrigley Field) to seal a victory for New York’s Commerce High School against Chicago’s Lane Tech 12 to 6. The kid was Henry Louis Gehrig, known later as simply Lou. This is what the Chicago Tribune wrote the next day:
'Gehrig's blow would have made any big leaguer proud. Yet, it was walloped by a boy who hasn't yet started to shave'.
In the not too distant future, Gehrig would be terrorizing opposing American League teams playing for the New York Yankees.
Chicago would have a special attraction of Gehrig. He married Chicagoan Eleanor Grace Twitchell in 1933.