The Iron Horse
The Life of the Iron Horse
Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse as many called him due to his consecutive games played streak with many broken fingers and toes, was born on June 19, 1903 in New York City. His parents, Christina and Heinrich, were of German descent and he was their only child of four to survive. He went to college to be an engineer at Columbia on a football scholarship. After being caught playing summer ball for a professional baseball team, he was banned from collegiate sports for his freshman year. In 1923 Paul Krichel, a scout from the New York Yankees, saw him play baseball at Columbia and signed him to the Yankees which is where he played twelve consecutive seasons. He became the first American League player to hit four home runs in a game. In 1938, Gehrig started to suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or better known now as Lou Gehrig's Disease. On June 2, 1941, this great player finally lost his battle with ALS and the whole country mourned.