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14 Facts About Lou Gehrig

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Henry Louis "Buster" Gehrig was an American baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, from 1923 through 1939.

Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Gehrig delivers his famous speech at Yankee Stadium by MLB

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Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, a trait that earned him his nickname "The Iron Horse".

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He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once, an American League Most Valuable Player twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams.

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team.

The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League, is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada.

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He had a career.340 batting average,.632 slugging average, and a.447 on base average.

Batting average is a statistic in cricket, baseball, and softball that measures the performance of batsmen in cricket and batters in baseball.

In baseball statistics, slugging percentage is a measure of the batting productivity of a hitter.

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He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in.

In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process.

A run batted in, plural runs batted in, is a statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored.

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In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number retired by a team.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an American history museum and hall of fame, located in Cooperstown, New York, and operated by private interests.

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A native of New York City and attendee of Columbia University, Gehrig signed with the Yankees in 1923.

The City of New York, often called New York City, New York, or simply The City, is the most populous city in the United States.

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City.

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He set several major league records during his career, including the most career grand slams and most consecutive games played, a record that stood for 56 years and was long considered unbreakable until surpassed by Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1995.

Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr., nicknamed "The Iron Man", is an American former baseball shortstop and third baseman who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles.

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Gehrig's streak ended on May 2, 1939, when he voluntarily took himself out of the lineup to stunned fans after his play was hampered by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neuromuscular disorder now commonly referred to in North America as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease, is a specific disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles.

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The disease forced him to retire at age 36 and was the cause of his death two years later.

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The pathos of his farewell from baseball was capped off by his iconic 1939 "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium.

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Gehrig was voted the greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball Writers' Association in 1969, and was the leading vote-getter on the Major League Baseball All-Century Team chosen by fans in 1999.

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A monument in Gehrig's honor, originally dedicated by the Yankees in 1941, currently resides in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.

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The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given annually to the MLB player best exhibiting his integrity and character.

The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exhibits the character and integrity of Lou Gehrig, both on the field and off it.

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