Lou Gehrig is more than one of the greatest at his position. He's more than one of the greatest players in the game. He's one of the truly great icons in the history of American sports lore.
His lifetime batting average of .340, his 1995 RBI, his 493 home runs and his 2,721 hits barely scratch the surface of what he meant as a player.
He has three of the six best RBI seasons in baseball history. He played in seven All-Star games. He won six World Series. His legacy is almost peerless.
Yet his 2,130 game streak is what was most at the heart of him. Tragically, when he finally missed a game, it was due to the disease which came to bear his name and take his life. The streak was so much a part of American culture that the day Cal RIpken Jr. broke it 56 years later, it was believed to be the "healthiest" day in American history.
Half a century later, people were still moved by his courage. That's what still is inspiring about the man.