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JUNE 2 (1941) - The end*
By Bill Grimes
Jun 2, 2007 - 4:20 AM

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The Iron Horse surrenders

 

RIVERDALE , NEW YORK JUNE 2, 1941 Lou Gehrig died on this date in 1941. It seems like only yesterday that the sturdy first baseman began his streak of playing every single New York Yankee baseball game for 14 years. In fact, it was yesterday, June 1st, 16 years earlier, that the 21-year old Gehrig was told to grab a bat and pinch hit for shortstop Paul Wanninger. Gehrig would play every game until 1939 when a mysterious, cruel disease forced him out of the lineup and killed him two years later.

Gehrig died of a rare disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In a matter of months, this solid, rock of a man became a helpless weakling who had difficulty walking. Gehrig finally took himself out of the lineup on May 2nd, 1939. Who knows how long the streak would have been had his strength, agility, drive not been zapped by “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” At the time, and for more than a half century after, Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game streak was thought to be unreachable. It was broken by Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles in 1995.

For more information on ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease): http://www.alsa.org/

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