Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig, 1938

Lou Gehrig, 1938

Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, played his entire 17-year career for the New York Yankees. In this black and white photograph, we see Lou at batting practice, in 1938 toward the end of his career. Gehrig retired in 1939 at the age of 36, having been stricken with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), now often called Lou Gehrig's Disease. During his career, he set several records, most famously for playing 2,130 consecutive games, a record that was unbroken for 56 years.

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Yankee Stadium, 1938

Yankee Stadium, 1938

Fans prepare to enter Yankee Stadium for a game with mounted police on hand for crowd control.  At the time of this game, in 1938, the Yankees were in the midst of four season World Championship streak.  Babe Ruth had recently retired, but Lou Gehrig was still in the line-up and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio had come on board two seasons prior -- coincidentally at the beginning of the streak.

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