Lou Gehrig, one of the greatest players of all time, struggled to make it in the big leagues. Although he did grow up in a normal family, the beginning of his career was rough. As he settled into the MLB, his career was one to remember. He really gave New York something to brag about. Towards the end of his career, an untimely sickness affected his life in the worst way possible.
Lou Gehrig was born in Yorkville, Manhattan in 1903. His parents both emigrated from Germany. This meant that Lou grew up speaking English and German. His early career was basically overshadowed a lot by his rival teammate Babe Ruth. He still gained a lot of achievement despite the large shadow. It also helped that he played on one of the best teams in that time period, the New York Yankees.
Throughout his career, he had some pretty outstanding statistics. A career batting average of .340 was not an easy thing to do. He was also good at hitting the long ball with 493 career homeruns. Not to mention his 23 grand slams, this was a world record. Despite all of theses incredible fetes, they were all overshadowed by Babe Ruth.
In 1939 Lou literally benched himself after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a rare degenerative neuromuscular disease, or also called ALS. This caused him to retire from baseball for good. Not long after the diagnosis, the disease took his life. Later, after the tragic incident people started to call the disease ALS Lou Gehrig’s disease in remembrance of him. The legend died on June 2, 1941 at the young age of 37.
Although Lou Gehrig died at a young age, he left his mark on baseball forever. Leading the Yankees to six World Series is one of his greatest achievements. Lou was also one of the youngest players to be inducted to the baseball hall of fame at age 34. He also played in 2130 consecutive games, which was another record. He played some of those games with broken bones. Lou Gehrig...