Career Statistics: .340 Batting Average, 493 Home Runs, 1,995 RBI, Two-Time MVP.
What if Lou Gehrig's life wasn't taken from him at the age of 38? Could he have been the greatest hitter of all-time?
Gehrig, nicknamed the "Iron Horse" was a durable, power hitting first baseman who played in an incredible 2,130 consecutive games between 1925-1939.
Gehrig could've surpassed Babe Ruth in many offensive categories, but the debilitating disease, known today as "Lou Gehrig's Disease"cut his life short, as Gehrig was still able to become one the greatest players in baseball history.
Between 1923-1934, Gehrig compiled better overall numbers than Ruth during that period. Gehrig was an RBI-machine, as he drove in at least 100 runs for 13 straight seasons, and had 1,995 RBI during his seventeen year career.
Gehrig was forced to unwillingly retire from the game, being the record holder of three of the top six RBI seasons in baseball history:
He drove in 175 RBI in 1927, had 174 RBI in 1930, and in 1931 had an incredible 184 RBI season.
Gehrig finished his career with a batting average of .340, an on-base percentage of .447, and a slugging percentage of .632.
Gehrig was selected to each of his first seven All-Star games. He won the American League MVP award in 1927 and 1936. On June 3, 1932, Gehrig hit four home runs in one game, and was the Yankees team captain from 1935-1939.
Gehrig also won the Triple Crown in 1934, leading the American League in batting average (.363), home runs (49), and RBIs (165).
And, if you're still not convinced Gehrig was the greatest first baseman in Yankees history, here's more:
1) Had eight consecutive seasons of 120-plus RBIs
2) Finished his career by scoring 1,888 runs, and hit 23 career grand slams
3) Finished his career with most extra base hits by a first baseman with 1,190
Do you still believe he wasn't the luckiest man on the face of the earth?