Lou Gehrig was born on Friday, June 19, 1903, in New York, New York. Gehrig was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 15, 1923, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Lou Gehrig baseball stats page.
"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." - Sportswriter John Kieran in The New York Times / The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History (Robert W. Cohen, Scarecrow Publishing, Lou Gehrig , 03/09/2012, Page 11) [ Lou Gehrig Quotes ]
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Lou Gehrig Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|1923 New York Yankees||n/a||$2,400.00||n/a||-|
|1924 New York Yankees||n/a||$2,750.00||n/a||-|
|1925 New York Yankees||n/a||$3,750.00||n/a||-|
|1926 New York Yankees||n/a||$6,500.00||n/a||Stats|
|1927 New York Yankees||n/a||$8,000.00||n/a||Stats|
|1928 New York Yankees||n/a||$25,000.00||n/a||Stats|
|1929 New York Yankees||4||$25,000.00||n/a||-|
|1930 New York Yankees||4||$25,000.00||n/a||-|
|1931 New York Yankees||4||$25,000.00||n/a||-|
|1932 New York Yankees||4||$25,000.00||n/a||Stats|
|1933 New York Yankees||4||$25,000.00||Stats||-|
|1934 New York Yankees||4||$25,000.00||Stats||-|
|1935 New York Yankees||4||$23,000.00||Stats||-|
|1936 New York Yankees||4||$23,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1937 New York Yankees||4||$31,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1938 New York Yankees||4||$31,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1939 New York Yankees||4||$36,000.00||Stats||-|
|Lou Gehrig Stats by Baseball Almanac|
Lou Gehrig was the first athlete to appear on a box of Wheaties (pic below). Lou Gehrig was the first baseball player to have his uniform number retired. Lou Gehrig was the first first-baseman in
the first All-Star Game
ever played. Lou Gehrig was the first ballplayer to appear in 2,000
. Lou Gehrig was the first player to hit
twenty-plus grand slams
across his career -- we could EASILY write fifty more Gehrig firsts, easily, we won't, but we do hope you enjoy the following brief Lou Gehrig biography by Baseball Almanac:
Lou Gehrig on the back of a 1934 Wheaties Box | Wheaties Cereal | 1934
LOU GEHRIG BIOGRAPHY
At no other time in baseball history, or any other sports history, has an athlete gone on to achieve the immortality that Lou Gehrig did while playing in the shadow of others. But such was the case for "The Iron Horse", who put up awesome numbers while leading the Yankees to championships but had the misfortune to first be a teammate of Babe Ruth and later Joe DiMaggio .
Gehrig joined the New York Yankees in 1923 and two years later in the role of backup first baseman saw his first real action when Wally Pipp asked out of the lineup one day due to illness. Gehrig seized the opportunity and began a consecutive games played streak that earned him his nickname and set the standard for sports durability that wasn't broken until 56 years later. The following season Gehrig blossomed into a great hitter with awesome power and together with Ruth terrorized pitchers for the next seven seasons.
In 1926, Gehrig drove in over 100 runs (112) for the first time, and the next season he went toe to toe with the " Bambino " for the homerun title before tailing off and finishing with 47 homers to Ruth's then record of 60. Lou did top the Babe with 175 RBI and was named League MVP . The Yanks swept the Pirates in the World Series and won another World Title the next year with a sweep of the Cardinals as Gehrig slugged four homers.
From 1927 through 1932, Gehrig averaged 38 home runs, 158 RBIs and 143 runs scored. In 1931 he set a still-standing A.L. record by driving home 184 runs. In what turned out to be Babe Ruth's final season with the Yankees , 1934, Gehrig won the Triple Crown with 49 HR, 165 RBI and a .363 average. In 1932 he became the first turn of the century player to wallop four home runs in a game .
With Ruth gone, Gehrig continued to lead the Yankee offense, but in 1936, DiMaggio joined the Yankees and stole some of Lou's thunder with a splendid rookie season. Together they lead the Yanks back to the World Series and the first of what was to be four consecutive World Championships. The ballyhoo around the arrival of " The Yankee Clipper " took away from Gehrig's splendid season (49 HR, 152 RBI, .354) that garnered him his second MVP.
Lou uncharacteristically struggled during the 1938 campaign and only a closing burst (that featured little power) gave him respectable numbers. In New York's series win over the Reds he managed just four hits, all singles. Gehrig's struggles continued the following spring and when he started the season awful at the plate and in the field it was obvious something was wrong. Yankee manager Joe McCarthy stayed loyal to Lou and continued to pencil him into the starting lineup. Finally Gehrig spoke up and requested to be taken out ending his consecutive games streak at 2130.
Gehrig was diagnosed with the fatal disease ALS and died less than two years later. However his durable and magnificent playing record reflects his greatness as a ballplayer and man to this day. Gehrig finished with a lifetime average of .340, 2721 hits, 493 home runs, 1,995 RBIs and 1,888 runs scored. He drove in over 100 runs 13 times, over 150 seven times. Gehrig hit a record 23 grand slams and smashed 10 World Series homers. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 and was voted the starting first baseman on Baseball's All-Century Team .
Lou Gehrig | New York Yankees Jersey ( #4 ) | Image by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
The New York Yankees retired Lou Gehrig's uniform number " #4 ", making him the first player in Major League history to be accorded that honor. Join Baseball Almanac as we take a look at some additional numbers of interest as they relate to one of the best players in baseball history:
2 - Lou Gehrig hit for the cycle on June 25, 1934 , and a second time on August 1, 1937 , the first left-handed Bronx Bomber with two cycles . Do you know what righty preceded The Iron Horse? [ Answer ]
4 - Lou Gehrig was the first American League player to hit four home runs in a game , accomplishing the feat on June 3, 1932 , against the Philadelphia Athletics. The Iron Horse narrowly missed getting a fifth home run in the game when Athletics center fielder Al Simmons made a leaping catch of another fly ball at the center field fence. After the game, manager Joe McCarthy told him, "Well, Lou, nobody can take today away from you." On the same day, however, John McGraw announced his retirement after thirty years of managing the New York Giants. McGraw , not Gehrig, got the main headlines in the sports sections the next day.
6 - Lou Gehrig was ranked sixth in 1999, by The Sporting News , when their editors ranked Baseball's 100 Greatest Players .
13 - Lou Gehrig had 13 consecutive seasons where he scored over 100 runs , the first player in baseball history to reach that total, and a number unmatched until Hank Aaron joined him in 1967 and Alex Rodriguez tied his AL mark in 2008.
23 - Lou Gehrig had 23 career grand slams and when we started Baseball Almanac (in 1999), one of the first baseball feats pages we ever created was a Lou Gehrig Grand Slams log. He might not be #1 in to Top 1,000 Career Grand Slams list any longer, but at the time we thought his mark was unbreakable.
165 - Lou Gehrig became the first New York Yankees player to ever win the Triple Crown , hitting .363, driving in 165, and knocking 49 home runs. His Triple Crown totals weren't just first overall in the American League, but first overall in all three in both the American and National League. And, his 165 RBI are the most ever by any Triple Crown winner.
2,130 - Lou Gehrig entered a game as a pinch hitter on June 1, 1925 , substituting for shortstop Pee-Wee Wanninger . The next day, June 2 , Yankee manager Miller Huggins started Gehrig in place of regular first baseman Wally Pipp . Pipp was in a slump, as were the Yankees as a team, so Huggins made several lineup changes to boost their performance, replacing Pipp , Aaron Ward , and Wally Schang . Fourteen years later, Gehrig had played in a stunning 2,130 consecutive games - a record that stood until September 6, 1995, when Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. broke it.
Lou Gehrig | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1939 ( HOF )
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