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This Day In Sports History (June 2nd) – Lou Gehrig
It was on this day in 1941 that Lou Gehrig passed away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease. The disease is more commonly known throughout North America as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Lou Gehrig is considered by many to be one of the greatest baseball players of all-time. Gehrig was given the nickname “The Iron Horse” for his incredible durability, which included a 2,130 consecutive games played streak, which ended because of his fatal illness. Many thought his streak was untouchable, and it lasted over 50 years until Cal Ripken Jr. eclipsed it in September of 1995.
Lou Gehrig holds a number of records for first basemen and has to be considered the best all-time at his position. However, the St. Louis Cardinals currently have a man by the name of Albert Pujols playing first base for them and if his next ten years are anything like his first ten years, he will likely find his name in the conversation as the greatest first baseman this game has ever seen.
“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
Charlie Huddy, NHL – Born June 2nd 1959 (age 52) in Oshawa, Ontario
Earl Boykins, NBA – Born June 2nd 1976 (age 35) in Cleveland, Ohio
Chris Higgins, NHL – Born June 2nd 1983 (age 28) in Smithtown, New York