Lou Gehrig

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
BK  Hour:6  4-1-14

Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903 and died June 2nd, 1941.

Five Unique Facts about Lou

- When Lou was young people made fun of him for being fat.

- He started working when he was five years old.

- He got his first baseball glove when he was six years old.

- He played baseball everyday before school.

- He never wore a coat.

Family Members Important to Lou's life and their relationship

- Lou's mom was very important to his life because she taught how to be a good person and use manners. She also supported him on everything.

- Lou's dad taught him how to become a man and how to work for a living and how to deal with people.

Significant Events in History that Affected the Person

-The Great Depression (his dad had to move Detroit to work for a few months)

- World War I (because of his German last name people gave him a hard time)


- Played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees.

-  Won the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP).

- Won six World Series with the Yankees.

Lou's Childhood

Lou's childhood was okay. His dad worked in a factory and made enough money to put food on the table. His mom stayed at home and take cared of Lou and taught him how to become a good citizen. Lou also helped out the family by carrying laundry to people for a little about of money.

The Theme of Lou's life

The theme of Lou's life was that he never made excuses and never quit. He always looked at the positive side of life. For example, even when he was battling Lou Gehrig disease, he still considered himself the "luckiest man alive."

Lou Gehrig's words of inspiration

"I might have had a tough break; but I have an awful lot to live for." This quote told me that life is a gift and you should always enjoy it while you still got it because you never know when it's going to end.

Work Cited

Van Riper, Guernsey. Lou Gehrig One of Baseballs Greatest. New York: Children's Publishing Division, 1986. N. pag. Print.

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