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Yankee Legend Lou Gehrig Dies at 37

  June 3, 1941, Lou Gehrig  

   June 4, 1941, Lou Gehrig  
  June 4, 1941, Lou Gehrig
June 4 1941, Lou Gehrig

J.T. Sheward, Oct. 30, 1894 une 3, 1941: Until he lapsed into a coma, New York Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig, the “Iron Horse” of baseball, was sure he would win against the rare disease that was slowly killing him. The Yankees announced that his locker and his number – 4 – would never be used again. In 14 years, he had played in 2,130 regularly scheduled games without a miss. Then he took himself out of the lineup May 1, 1939.  He remained with the Yankees the rest of the season, but sat in the far corner of the dugout and occasionally limped to home plate to give the umpire the lineup. He never played again.

In the years that followed, Gehrig took treatments and worked for the New York City Parole Commission until a month before his death, when he decided to remain at home to conserve his strength. He spent his final days sitting in a chair by a window in his room, looking out at the street.

"I never knew a fellow who lived a cleaner life. He was a clean-living boy, a good baseball player, a great hustler. I think the boy hustled too much for his own good. He just wanted to win all the time. His death was a great loss to baseball."

-- Babe Ruth


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Some people are now saying Lou Gehrig did not die of "Lou Gehrig's disease" but from brain damage caused by an old incident where he was struck on the head by a baseball.

OK, so I was gonna make some wisecrack to Fibber and went to research eponymous diseases to do so, and got sidetracked by some of the hugely unfortunate disease names out there, including Bang's disease, Bumpke syndrome, Christmas disease, Dandy Walker syndrome, and the dreaded Cock Peculiar tumor.

It's bad enough to be sick, without having your illness given a name that makes one giggle like an eighth-grader.


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