“The Iron Horse” was an icon in New York City. He was a local kid who made good and ended up playing for his hometown Yankees. His career was a storied one: a .340 career average, 493 jacks and 1,995 RBI.
He won six World Series, two MVPs, a Triple Crown and was the Yankees team captain for the final five years of his career. As if that wasn't enough, Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games.
The disease bearing his name started to take effect during the 1938 season, as the star complained of fatigue. By the time the spring rolled around in 1939, Gehrig looked physically tired. By the end of April, Gehrig was hitting .143 with one RBI.
Something was wrong.
A few days later, Lou benched himself and ended his streak.
In July of 1939, Gehrig gave his “Luckiest Man on Earth” speech and two years later, the legend passed away. Gehrig’s name meant a lot during his inspiring life, but he might mean more to the thousands who struggle with ALS every day.