Gehrig, Lou

Gehrig, Lou

Gehrig, Lou (Louis Gehrig), 1903-41, American baseball player, b. New York City. He studied and played baseball at Columbia, where he was spotted by a scout for the New York Yankees. As the team's first baseman (1925-39), Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive league games (setting a record that stood until 1995, when it was broken by Cal Ripken, Jr.), batted .361 in seven World Series, and broke many other major-league records. The "Iron Horse," as he was known to admirers, had a lifetime batting average of .340, and his 493 home runs rank him among the game's best. He four times won the Most Valuable Player award. Stricken by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a rare type of paralysis since commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, Gehrig retired from baseball in 1939 and served (1940-41) as a parole commissioner in New York City. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

See K. Brandt, Lou Gehrig: Pride of the Yankees (1985); J. Eig, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2005).

The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award was created by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity in honor of the former Major League Baseball player Lou Gehrig, who was a member of the fraternity at Columbia University. It is given to players who best exemplify his character and integrity both on and off the field. Since the award was created in 1955, the name of each winner has been placed on the Lou Gehrig Award plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Previous Winners

Year Player, Team
Alvin Dark, New York Giants
Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn Dodgers
Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals
Gil McDougald, New York Yankees
Gil Hodges, Los Angeles Dodgers
Dick Groat, Pittsburgh Pirates
Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves
Robin Roberts, Philadelphia Phillies
Bobby Richardson, New York Yankees
Ken Boyer, St. Louis Cardinals
Vern Law, Pittsburgh Pirates
Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles
Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs
Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers
Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds
Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves
Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins
Wes Parker, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ron Santo, Chicago Cubs
Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates
Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds
Don Sutton, Los Angeles Dodgers
Lou Brock, St. Louis Cardinals
Don Kessinger, Chicago White Sox
Phil Niekro, Atlanta Braves
Tony Perez, Boston Red Sox
Tommy John, New York Yankees
Ron Cey, Los Angeles Dodgers
Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies
Steve Garvey, San Diego Padres
Dale Murphy, Atlanta Braves
George Brett, Kansas City Royals
Rick Sutcliffe, Chicago Cubs
Buddy Bell, Houston Astros
Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals
Glenn Davis, Houston Astros
Kent Hrbek, Minnesota Twins
Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles
Don Mattingly, New York Yankees
Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds
Curt Schilling, Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Butler, Los Angeles Dodgers¹
Paul Molitor, Minnesota Twins
Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres
Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Stottlemyre, Arizona Diamondbacks
John Franco, New York Mets
Danny Graves, Cincinnati Reds
Jamie Moyer, Seattle Mariners
Jim Thome, Philadelphia Phillies
John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves
Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Padres
Mike Timlin, Boston Red Sox


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