It Happened Today in New York City
On June 3, 1941, “Iron Horse” and “Pride of the Yankees” Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, now commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was less than three weeks shy of his 38th birthday. The universally loved first baseman set several records, including the most career grand slams (since broken by Alex Rodriguez) and the most consecutive games (since broken by Cal Ripken Jr.). He still holds the American League record for single season RBI’s with 184 the most consecutive seasons with 120 RBI’s. He is now the namesake of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for integrity and character in the major leagues.
- Posted in: Almanac