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Who's Lou Gehrig? Why call it Lou Gehrig's Disease?

Lou Gehrig was a famous hall or fame first baseman for the New York Yankees in the 1920's and 30's. During his carrer, he set a record of the most consecutive games played. 2,130 games in a 16 years of playing baseball( eventually was broken by Cal Ripken Jr. of the Orioles). In the season 1939, eventually his final season, Gehrig started to get the symptoms of ALS. He didn't know what was wrong until he went to the doctor. He tried so hard to hide it from his teammates, but soon after, he couldn't take it. On July 4, 1939 a farewell ceremony was held at Yankee Stadium for Gehrig. He gave his speech which told why he was retireing. His wife Elenore Gehrig did everything she could to help make his last years of his life enjoyable. On June 2, 1941 Gehrig passed away around 10 o'clock in the morning, 17 days before his 38th birthday.


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