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The Iron Horse

Posted By Alex Belth On May 31, 2011 @ 8:42 am In 1: Featured,Baseball Musings,Yankees | Comments Disabled

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Our good pal Ray Robinson has a piece on Lou Gehrig in the Times [2]:

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 [3] is a must for any serious baseball fan.


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[2] good pal Ray Robinson has a piece on Lou Gehrig in the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/sports/baseball/for-the-columbia-class-of-41-it-is-always-the-day-after.html?_r=1&ref=baseball

[3] Ray’s biography of Lou Gehrig: http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Horse-Lou-Gehrig-Time/dp/0060974087

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