sad ending to a remarkable record
MAY 2, 1939
baseball the Yankees crushed the Tigers 22 to 2. But the game was more
noteworthy for who didn’t play;
The Iron horse first baseman voluntarily decided for the good of the team he
couldn’t play. It was the first time he was not in the lineup in 2,130 games.
Gehrig’s record would stand until
Cal Ripken broke it in 1995.
Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig was born
York City in 1903. His name was
Americanized to Henry Louis Gehrig. He went to
York on a football
scholarship, but also played baseball.
As legend has it, the Yankees
offered Gehrig to the Boston Red Sox early in his career for a starting pitcher
as kind of re-payment for the
deal a few years earlier. The Red Sox didn’t want Gehrig.
The reason Gehrig kept himself
out of the lineup, of course, was because Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS),
otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, had attacked his body. He was too weak
to play baseball. Gehrig would hang on for two more years before passing away
Oh, by the way, the winning
pitcher May 2, 1939 in
Red Ruffing for the Yankees. The loser