Lou Gehrig was a lefthanded throwing first-baseman who played 17 years in the majors (from 1923 to 1939), all with the New York Yankees. While he was often overshadowed by Babe Ruth, Gehrig was a dominant player who finished his career with 534 doubles, 163 triples, 493 home runs, 1995 runs batted in (6th all time), and a .340 career batting average.
Gehrig won one American League Batting title (finished in the top five 9 times). He lead the league in on-base percentage 5 times (finished in the top five 6 more times) and in slugging percentage 2 times (finished in the top five 10 more times). He lead the league in runs scored 4 times (finished in the top five 8 more times) and in total bases 4 times (finished in the top five 8 more times). He lead the league in home runs three times (finished in the top five 8 more times). He won the triple crown in 1934 and was named American League MVP in 1927 and in 1936.
Gehrig was nicknamed “The Iron Horse” and was known for his durability. He lead the league in games played 7 times and his record of playing in 2130 consecutive games stood for 56 years before it was broken by Cal Ripken. Sadly and ironically, Gehrig’s career and his life came to a tragic ending while he was still in his prime as he suffered from a muscular disease that has become known as Lou Gehrigs’ disease. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
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