Gehrig, (Henry) Lou(is)


Gehrig, (Henry) Lou(is)
born June 19, 1903, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died June 2, 1941, New York

U.S. baseball player, one of the game's great hitters.

Gehrig attended Columbia University before joining the New York Yankees. From 1925 to 1939 the left-handed first baseman played in a record 2,130 consecutive games. He earned the nickname "the Iron Horse" long before this streak was over; Gehrig's record was not broken until 1995 (see Cal Ripken). In 1932 Gehrig became the first player to hit four home runs in a single game, and he batted in 150 or more runs in a season seven times. In 1939 his physical abilities had begun to deteriorate and he took himself out of the lineup; he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which came to be known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He left baseball with a career batting average of .340 and 493 home runs. His 1,990 runs batted in place him third in history, behind Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. On July 4, 1939, more than 60,000 Yankee fans turned out to recognize Gehrig's achievements and heard him deliver a speech in which he claimed to be the "luckiest man on the face of the earth." Gehrig was the first player to have his number (4) retired by his team.

Lou Gehrig, 1939.

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  • Gehrig, (Henry) Lou(is) — (19 jun. 1903, Nueva York, N.Y., EE.UU.–2 jun. 1941, Nueva York). Beisbolista estadounidense, uno de los más grandes bateadores de todos los tiempos. Estudió en la Universidad de Columbia antes de fichar por los New York Yankees. Entre 1925 y… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Gehrig,Henry Louis — Geh·rig (gĕrʹĭg), Henry Louis. Known as “Lou.” 1903 1941. American baseball player. Between 1923 and 1939 he played in 2,130 consecutive games, which was a major league record until 1995 when Cal Ripken, Jr. surpassed it. * * * …   Universalium

  • Henry — ► sustantivo masculino ELECTRICIDAD Denominación del henrio en la nomenclatura internacional. IRREG. plural henrys * * * henrio o henry (de J. Henry, físico inglés) m. Fís. Unidad de inductancia eléctrica en el Sistema Internacional. * * * …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • henry — ► sustantivo masculino ELECTRICIDAD Denominación del henrio en la nomenclatura internacional. IRREG. plural henrys * * * henrio o henry (de J. Henry, físico inglés) m. Fís. Unidad de inductancia eléctrica en el Sistema Internacional. * * * henry …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Lou Gehrig's disease — [lo͞o ger′igz] n. [after ( Henry) Lou(is) Gehrig (1903 41), U.S. baseball player who died of the disease] AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS …   English World dictionary

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  • Gehrig — noun baseball player who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (1903 1941) • Syn: ↑Lou Gehrig, ↑Henry Louis Gehrig • Instance Hypernyms: ↑ballplayer, ↑baseball player …   Useful english dictionary

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