“I’m benching myself, Joe.”

With those words 75 years ago today, the New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig told his manager that he was taking himself out of the lineup.

He hadn’t missed a game in 14 years, playing 2,130 consecutively. And he would never play again.

Weeks later, he learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.), now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He died two years later, at age 37.

— via the +The New York Times

+New York Yankees


The Lou Gehrig Society
Henry Louis Lou Gehrig is considered the greatest first baseman in Major League Baseball history. His modesty, pure talent, and durability earned him the nickname The Iron Horse. Lou played his entire baseball career for the New York Yankees (1923-1939). He is an American hero, and his early …

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