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The Iron Horse

Our good pal Ray Robinson has a piece on Lou Gehrig in the Times:

Lou Gehrig, Columbia’s most eminent sports figure, died June 2, 1941. The next day, I received my bachelor’s degree from the university.

I became a Gehrig enthusiast from the day I saw him play for the first time when I was 9. In the haziness of my memory of that long-ago afternoon, Gehrig did little with his bat. In fact, I paid more attention to Babe Ruth, his Yankees teammate, mincing around the bases after a home run. Yet it was Gehrig, the shy, unassuming first baseman, whom I ultimately preferred over the Rabelaisian Ruth as a boyhood hero.

As I took the Broadway trolley up to the Columbia campus on the morning of June 3, 1941, I felt a mix of sadness over Gehrig’s death and pleasure at getting my degree. Although he retired in 1939, I didn’t know Gehrig had been wasting away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the incurable disease now named for him. He died 17 days before his 38th birthday.

Ray’s biography of Lou Gehrig is a must for any serious baseball fan.

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1 Start Spreading the News   ~  May 31, 2011 10:05 am

Gehrig's my favorite Yankee. Then Mattingly.

2 RagingTartabull   ~  May 31, 2011 10:31 am

I read Eig's Gehrig bio a few years ago and loved it, I feel like I should check out Robinson's at some point as its been called "the definitive."

Also, took Marty Appel's Munson book to the beach this weekend and tore through it in 2 days. Its not "The Glory of Their Times" or anything, but definitely a must for any Yankee or baseball-lit fan.

3 William J.   ~  May 31, 2011 11:52 am

[1] Those are my two favorites as well.

[2] Also read Eig's, but not Robinson's, so maybe I have to add that one to my list. Thanks for the recommendation on Munson.

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