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LOU GEHRIG



The Basics
Nickname: The Iron Horse
Position: First Baseman
Jersey Number: 4
Years of Service: 1923-1939
Teams He Played For: New York Yankees


Career Statistics



Games Played: 2164 (147th all-time)
Plate Appearances: 9663 (102nd all-time)
At Bats: 8001 (140th all-time)
Runs: 1888 (11th all-time)
Hits: 2721 (59th all-time)
Doubles: 534 (34th all-time)
Triples: 163 (33rd all-time)
Batting Average: .340 (17th all-time)
Homeruns: 493 (26th all-time)
Runs Batted In: 1995 (5th all-time)
Stolen Bases: 102
Walks: 1508 (17th all-time)
Strikeouts: 790
BB/K Ratio: 1.91
On Base Percentage: .447 (5th all-time)
Slugging Percentage: .632 (3rd all-time)
OBP+SLG: 1.080 (3rd all-time)
Wins Above Replacement: 108.5 (18th all-time)
Offensive WAR: 108.3 (13th all-time)
Defensive WAR: 0.2


Playoff Statistics



Games Played: 34
Plate Appearances: 150
At Bats: 119
Runs: 30
Hits: 43
Doubles: 8
Triples: 3
Batting Average: .361
Homeruns: 10
Runs Batted In: 35
Stolen Bases: 0
Walks: 26
Strikeouts: 17
BB/K Ratio: 1.53
On Base Percentage: .477
Slugging Percentage: .731
OBP+SLG: 1.208


Accomplishments



Inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame (1939)
World Series Champion (1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938)
Won the AL MVP (1927, 1936)
Won the AL Batting Title (1934)
Won the AL Triple Crown (1934)
Played in All-Star Game (1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939)
New York Yankees Team Captain (1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939)
New York Yankees Retired Number (#4)
Named to MLB All-Time Team
Named to MLB All-Century Team
Only player in history to collect 400 total bases in five seasons.
With Stan Musial, one of two players to collect at least 500 doubles, 150 triples, and 450 home runs in a career.
One of only four players (with Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Ted Williams) to end career with a minimum .330 batting average, 450 home runs, and 1,800 RBI.
With Albert Pujols, one of two players to hit 40 doubles and 40 home runs in the same season three separate times.
Scored game-winning run in 8 World Series games.
First baseball player to have his uniform number retired (January 6, 1940).
WAR (1,2,2,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4,5)
WAR for Position Players (1,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,2,3,4,5)
Offensive WAR (1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,2,3,4)
Batting Average (1,2,2,3,3,3,3,5,6)
Runs (1,1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,10)
Hits (1,2,2,2,2,4,5,7,8)
Doubles (1,1,4,5,6,7,9)
Triples (1,2,2,3,7,9)
Homeruns (1,1,1,2,2,2,2,3,3,3,4,5,6,7)
Runs Batted in (1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,3,4,4,7)
Walks (1,1,1,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4,5,6)
OBP (1,1,1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,5,9)
SLG (1,1,2,2,2,2,2,3,3,4,4,4)
OPS (1,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,2,3,4,4)


Records Held



RBI, left handed batter, season, 184, 1931
RBI, American League, season, 184, 1931
RBI per game, post-1901, career, .922
Most seasons with 100 or more runs, consecutive, 13
Grand Slams, career, 23 (tied with Alex Rodriguez)
Home Runs, game, 4 (tied)
Most runs scored ever by a first baseman, career, 1888
Highest OBP ever by a first baseman, career, .447
Most walks by a first baseman, career, 1508
Highest SLG% ever by a first baseman, career, .632
Most extra base hits by a first baseman, career, 1190
RBI in a 2-year span (358 in 1930-1931)
RBI in a 3-year span (509 between 1930 and 1932)
RBI in a 4-year span (648 between 1930 and 1933)
RBI in a 5-year span (813 between 1930 and 1934)
RBI in a 6-year span (952 between 1927 and 1932)
RBI in a 7-year span (1,091 between 1927 and 1933)
RBI in a 8-year span (1,256 between 1927 and 1934)
RBI in a 9-year span (1,375 between 1927 and 1935)
RBI in a 10-year span (1,527 between 1927 and 1936)
RBI in a 11-year span (1,686 between 1927 and 1937)
RBI in a 12-year span (1,800 between 1927 and 1938)
RBI in a 13-year span (1,912 between 1926 and 1938)
RBI in a 14-year span (1,980 between 1925 and 1938)
RBI in a 15-year span (1,985 between 1924 and 1938)
Fastest player to reach 1,300 career RBI (1,400 games)
Fastest player to reach 1,400 career RBI (1,481 games)
Fastest player to reach 1,500 career RBI (1,609 games)
Fastest player to reach 1,600 career RBI (1,732 games)
Fastest player to reach 1,700 career RBI (1,827 games)
Fastest player to reach 1,800 career RBI (1,927 games)
Fastest player to reach 1,900 career RBI (2,033 games)


Voting Records



AL MVP
1925: 24th (3%)
1926: 10th (11%)
1927: 1st (88%)
1931: 2nd (74%) - Behind Lefty Grove
1932: 2nd (69%) - Behind Jimmie Foxx
1933: 4th (49%)
1934: 5th (68%)
1935: 5th (29%)
1936: 1st (91%)
1937: 4th (42%)
1938: 19th (3%)


Leading the League



GP: 1927, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938
PA: 1930, 1931
R: 1931, 1933, 1935, 1936
H: 1931
2B: 1927, 1928
3B: 1926
HR: 1931, 1934, 1936
RBI: 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934
BB: 1935, 1936, 1937
AVG: 1934
OBP: 1928, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937
SLG: 1934, 1936
OPS: 1934, 1936, 1937


What Did the Experts Say?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Heroes and Legends: Lou Gehrig
They were talking about saying good-bye to a legendary Yankee player, the captain of the team - Lou Gehrig.

He got to play for one of the greatest teams of all time. He was a superstar. He had traveled the country and the world, and he had friends, a wife and parents who loved him.

As Lou finished his speech, the crowd went wild. Babe Ruth walked forward, hugged Lou, and whispered something in his ear - the first time the two had spoken in five years. Lou embraced his old friend, then turned and walked off the field for the last time. His number 4 jersey was retired permanently - the first-ever Yankees number to receive that honor.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baseball Hall of Famers: Lou Gehrig
While some players make history for their antics on the field, others are remembered for varied accomplishments. Lou Gehrig, recalled as a person who exhibited quiet grace and personal integrity, was one such athlete.

Though he is often remembered for his monumental output as a Yankee first baseman - with an amazing streak of 2,130 consecutive games played - when he was fatally diagosed with ALS, Gehrig stood out as an example of courageousness to people everywhere.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ESPN: Gehrig's Legacy One of Irony
Think of his nickname: "The Iron Horse." It implies endurance. It recalls an indestructible man, one who never called in sick for almost 14 years -- 2,130 consecutive games, as if we could ever forget that number?

And yet, at age 35, in what should have been the prime of his life, the Yankees first baseman contracted an incurable disease. Two years later, at 37, The Iron Horse was dead.

More irony. What is remembered most about the rock-sturdy man whom Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray called "Gibraltar in cleats?" Is it his 493 homers, his 1,990 runs batted in, his .340 batting average, his American League record 184 RBI in one year, his major league record of 23 grand slams? Is it his 13 consecutive seasons with 100 RBI and 100 runs scored, his 200 hits and 100 walks in the same season seven times, his two MVPs, his Triple Crown? Is it his 12 consecutive seasons of hitting .300, his 10 seasons of at least 30 homers, his averaging 153 RBI over an 11-year stretch, his .632 lifetime slugging percentage?

None of the above. Besides the streak, what we remember most about Gehrig is nothing that he accomplished with a bat. What we remember most about this quiet man of dignity is a speech. How ironic.

It was July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium, a little more than two months after he played his final game, less than a month after he had learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There was Gehrig, surrounded by his teammates from the 1927 and 1939 Yankees, taking his cut at the microphone.

Shaking with emotion, he fought back tears as he kept his eyes focused on the ground. For a moment it looked as if Gehrig wouldn't make it to the plate. But manager Joe McCarthy whispered a few words to his favorite player, and Gehrig regained his composure. In a moment later captured by the Hollywood film "The Pride of the Yankees," starring Gary Cooper, Gehrig delivered an emotional farewell address, speaking slowly and stressing the appreciation he felt for all that was being done for him.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baseball Historian
Lou Gehrig's legendary accomplishments on the baseball diamond include a .340 lifetime batting average, the 15th highest in baseball history. He collected more than 400 total bases in five different seasons; a major league record. Only 16 players have achieved that level of power in a single season, Babe Ruth did it twice and Chuck Klein three times. Gehrig is one of only ten players with more with than 100 extra base hits in a single season, and only he and Chuck Klein did it in two different years.

Lou Gehrig hit 23 career grand slam home runs, a major league record, he hit 73 three-run homers and 166 two-run homers, giving him the highest average of RBI's per home run of anybody in history with more than 300 HR's. On June 3, 1932, Gehrig hit four home runs in a single game becoming the first American League player to accomplish this feat.

Gehrig won the Triple Crown in 1934 with a .363 batting average, hit 49 HR's with 165 RBI's. He was voted the Most Valuable Player in 1927 and in 1936. In the 1920's, a player could only win the Most Valuable Player Award once in his career. The award was changed in 1932 to allow a player to win it as often as he could. Either Gehrig or Babe Ruth would have won the MVP award every year in the 1920's and early 1930's as they were the greatest run producers baseball has ever known. Lou Gehrig was a compulsive worker with a record of 2,130 straight games played, and he proudly played his whole career with the New York Yankees. He played every game for more than 13 seasons, despite a broken thumb, painful back spasms, and a broken toe. X-rays taken late in his career, showed Gehrig's hands had 17 different fractures that had healed while he continued to play.

Gehrig is the only player who can stand comparison with his spectacular teammate, Babe Ruth. Batting back-to-back in the Yankee lineup, Ruth batting ahead of Gehrig were the most fearsome combination in history. Lou Gehrig's RBI's totals catch one's eye first, next his great run scoring makes a compelling statistic to rank him as the game's greatest total runs producer in baseball's history.

In his 13 full seasons, Lou Gehrig averaged 147 RBI's a year, from 1926 thru 1938. No other player was able to even reach the 147 RBI mark until George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds did so in 1977. In 1927, Gehrig had 175 RBI's, in 1930 he had 174 RBI's and in 1931 his 184 RBI's are the highest total in American League History. Gehrig drove in over 150 runs in a season seven times, over 170 three times.

This great run producer scored on average 138.8 runs per season in his 13 years. In 1927, Gehrig scored 149 runs, in 1931 he scored 163 runs and in 1936 he scored an incredible 167 runs. Only in his last season did he score less than 120 runs and in that year he scored 115 times.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig teamed with Babe Ruth to form baseball's most devastating hitting tandem ever. The Iron Horse had 13 consecutive seasons with both 100 runs scored and 100 RBIs, averaging 139 runs and 148 RBIs; set an American League mark with 184 RBIs in 1931; hit a record 23 grand slams; and won the 1934 Triple Crown. His .361 batting average in seven World Series led the Yankees to six titles. A true gentleman and a tragic figure, Gehrig's consecutive games-played streak ended at 2,130 when he was felled by a disease that later carried his name.
Quote:
Originally Posted by BR Bullpen on Gehrig's Reputation
Lou Gehrig's reputation as an American baseball star is perhaps only overshadowed by his untimely death from the disease that would take his name. Gehrig was among the greatest hitters in baseball history, combining outstanding batting average (.340), power (493 home runs and 1995 RBIs), patience (1508 walks), and surprising speed (163 triples and 15 thefts of home). He was also legendarily tough, earning the nickname The Iron Horse for appearing in a then-record 2,130 consecutive games.
Quote:
Originally Posted by BR Bullpen on Gehrig's Leadership
If one thing was for sure, he would never play baseball again ("chronic infantile paralysis" was the official explanation given to the press), and he announced his retirement upon his return from Mayo on June 21st. He would stay on the rest of the season as the honorary team captain, lumbering out of the dugout before each game to bring the line-up card to the umpires, and celebrated with the Yankees when they captured their fourth straight World Championship that October. He was even selected to the 1939 All-Star team as a "non-playing captain," a ceremonial nod to one of the game's most respected players.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe McCarthy on an "off year" by Gehrig
The guy bats in 114 runs, and scores 115, which means he is responsible for around 200 of our runs, and everybody asks: what's the matter with him? Well, I wish I had more players on this club that would be so off in their play that they could give me 200 runs.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gil Hodges
Lou Gehrig had one advantage over me. He was a better ballplayer.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hank Gowdy
Lou Gehrig never learned that a ballplayer couldn't be good every day.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sportswriter Bill Corum of the Journal American
Gifted with no flair whatever for the spectacular, except as it might be produced by the solid crash of bat against ball at some tense moment, lost in the honey days of a ballplayer's career in the white glare of the great spotlight that followed Babe Ruth, he nevertheless more than packed his share of the load.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Dickey
He just went out and did his job every day.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sportswriter John Kieran in The New York Times
His greatest record doesn't show in the book. It was the absolute reliability of Henry Louis Gehrig. He could be counted upon. He was there every day at the ballpark bending his back and ready to break his neck to win for his side. He was there day after day and year after year. He never sulked or whined or went into a pot or a huff. He was the answer to a manager's dream.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe McCarthy
I had him for over eight years and he never gave me a moment's trouble. I guess you might say he was kind of my favorite.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Connie Mack
It has been aptly said that while (Babe) Ruth was the Home Run King, (Lou) Gehrig was the Crown Prince.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frank Graham in Farewell to Heroes
It may have been a child's perversity, but I like to think now that I was in tune with changing times when I selected not the Babe (Ruth), but (Lou) Gehrig as my hero. Handsome, shy, put together along such rugged lines that he was once screen-tested - wrapped in a leopard skin - in Hollywood for the role of Tarzan, a devastating hitter with men on base, Gehrig served perfectly as the idol of a small boy soon to reach adolescence.
Quote:
Originally Posted by George Selkirk
Lou Gehrig was a guy who could really hit the ball, was dependable and seemed so durable that many of us thought he could have played forever.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sportswriter Stanley Frank
Lou was the most valuable player the Yankees ever had because he was the prime source of their greatest asset -- an implicit confidence in themselves and every man on the club.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe DiMaggio
Whatever Lou (Gehrig) does in the future doesn't count. He has had fourteen great seasons, and I mean great. If I could have only ten of them, I'd be satisfied. Here's a fellow who has lasted 'til he's thirty-six, and only this morning I was wondering, and me twenty-four, how long I'll last. Say, if I could go ten more years, 'til I'm thirty-four, I'd be glad to call it a career.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Los Angeles Times Columnist Jim Murray
Lou Gehrig is Gibraltor in Cleats.
What Did he Say?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Heroes and Legends: Lou Gehrig
Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baseball Almanac
There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baseball Almanac
The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baseball Almanac
What are you going to do? Admit to yourself that the pitchers have you on the point of surrender? You can't do that. You must make yourself think that the pitchers are just as good as they always have been or just as bad.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ESPN
It's a pretty big shadow," Gehrig said. "It gives me lots of room to spread myself. ... Let's face it, I'm not a headline guy. I always knew that as long as I was following Babe to the plate I could have gone up there and stood on my head. No one would have noticed the difference. When the Babe was through swinging, whether he hit one or fanned, nobody paid any attention to the next hitter. They were all talking about what the Babe had done.
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