First for Gehrig

On September 27, 1923, Lou Gehrig hit his first career home run off of Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Piercy at Fenway Park in Boston to help the Yankees win the game 8-3.

Gehrig played for the Yankees for all 17 years of his career. His dedication to the sport was obvious when he played over 150 games in 12 different seasons.  He played in the All-Star game in seven consecutive seasons. He claimed the American League’s Most Valuable Player award twice.

Also known as the “Iron Horse,” Gehrig was a true baseball player, but unfortunately Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis slowly took his ability to play and eventually took his life. The disease became known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by a special ballot while he was still playing because of the terminating illness.

Gehrig played his last game on May 2, 1939, and the Yankees retired his number, four, on the fourth of July the same year. For the next year he made appearances around NYC for civic duties. He died in his sleep on June 2, 1941.

“In the beginning I used to make one terrible play a game. Then I got so I’d make one a week and finally I’d pull a bad one about once a month. Now, I’m trying to keep it down to one a season.” -Gehrig (Sport Magazine’s All-Time All Stars)

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