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Lou Gehrig from the Chronology
Sep 21, 2006 - The Astros edge the Cardinals, 6-5, with the help of a pair of homers by Lance Berkman. Berkman has now homered on September 21 in each of the last 6 seasons, the 2nd-longest such streak in history. Lou Gehrig homered on 7 consecutive June 8 dates from 1932-38.
Nov 6, 2004 - At an auction in Louisville a Louisville Slugger bat signed by ``Shoeless'' Joe Jackson sells for $137500. Cracked on the handle and worn on the barrel the bat made in 1910 or 1911 has Jackson's signature along the hitting area in bold ink. The bat is the featured piece among 412 items sold. The Louisville Slugger Museum planned to use the funds raised by the auction to pursue other pieces of baseball memorabilia. Also a bat used by Ty Cobb goes for $132000 a record for a Cobb bat. The bat's value was enhanced by grease-penciled writing on the barrel. The markings were made by a Hillerich & Bradsby receiving agent working at the factory during Cobb's era. They indicate that Cobb probably used the bat then had it sent back to Louisville to have more made exactly like it. A Cleveland Indians jersey worn by Satchel Paige sells for $110000. A letter handwritten by Babe Ruth with six of his signatures at the bottom and its original envelope went for $41800. A baseball signed by Ruth and Lou Gehrig went for $31900.
Apr 5, 2004 - Barry Bonds hits a 3-run homer off Roy Oswalt to tie the Astros 4-4 and J.T. Snow hits a sac fly in the 9th to win 5-4. Bonds is 3-for-3 with 2 doubles to go with his 659th career homer. His 3 extra base hits puts him ahead of Lou Gehrig into 5th on the career extra base hits vs. league average list and with 1 walk he passes Ted Williams for 2nd on career walks vs. league average.
Feb 23, 2004 - Former major league umpire Al Clark pleads guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud for his part in selling baseballs that he and a memorabilia dealer falsely claimed were used in historic games. The games included the ones when Cal Ripken Jr. tied and broke Lou Gehrig's record for the longest playing streak. In May he will be sentenced to four months in prison.
Sep 2, 2002 - The Cubs beat the Brewers 17-4 to salvage a split in their doubleheader after Milwaukee takes the opener by a score of 4-2 on solo homers by Ron Belliard (2) Eric Young and Jose Hernandez. Glendon Rusch wins his 8th straight over the Cubs. Chicago P Kerry Wood ties a ML record in the second game by fanning four Brewers in the 4th inning. Wood also homers off Andrew Lorraine one of 5 gophers he serves up. Another is Sammy Sosa's 494th homer moving him ahead of Lou Gehrig on the all-time list.
Sep 30, 2001 - Todd Helton's 2B is his 100th extra base hit of the season. He is the 1st player in history to have 100 extra base hits in back-to-back seasons. Lou Gehrig and Chuck Klein were the only others to do it twice in their careers. Colorado scores 8 runs in the 3rd inning and calcimines Milwaukee 10-0.
Aug 24, 1999 - The Cards lose to the Expos 8-4 despite Mark McGwire's 508th career homer and his 51st of the year. He has hit 493 of these while playing 1B equaling Lou Gehrig's mark for the position.
Jul 9, 1999 - The uniform Lou Gehrig wore when he made his famous "luckiest man on earth" speech on July 4 1939 is sold for $451541 at auction. Leland's spokesman Marty Appel says the flannel pinstripe uniform worn by the Hall of Fame first baseman was purchased by a south Florida man who did not want his name made public. The winning bid was made over the phone. Yesterday Carlton Fisk's home run ball that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for the Boston Red Sox sold for $113273.
Nov 13, 1998 - The Babe hits new heights today: $126‚500. That is the price paid for the ball he hit in 1923 for the first home run in Yankee Stadium. Mark Scala found the Ruth ball two years ago in the attic of his grandmother's house. The bid was $110‚000 and the total price includes the auction house's 15 percent commission. Two year ago‚ the ball Eddie Murray hit for his 500th home run was sold for what one day could be $500‚000. Michael Lasky‚ the founder of the Psychic Friends Network‚ paid $280‚000 that was put in an annuity to be paid over 20 years. With interest‚ the annuity will be worth about $500‚000‚ according to a spokesman for Lasky‚ who also operates as syndicated handicapper Mike Warren. The previous record for an auctioned baseball was $93‚500 for the ball that went through Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 World Series. That ball was bought by actor Charlie Sheen in 1992. Other auctioned items include: the bat Pete Rose used for his 4‚191st hit‚ which tied Ty Cobb's career record‚ was sold by an unidentified Rose associate for $21‚096; an autographed ball from President Franklin Roosevelt that he used to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the 1941 season opener at Griffith Stadium sold for $17‚255‚ and a personal check signed Henry Louis Gehrig sold for $15‚306.
Nov 9, 1998 - It is revealed that Hall of Fame P Jim "Catfish" Hunter is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis the progressive ultimately fatal neurological condition better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Sep 15, 1998 - Ken Griffey Jr. hits homer #52 and drives in the 1000th run of his career in the Mariners 12-7 win over the Twins. He becomes the 4th-youngest player in history to reach the milestone after Mel Ott Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig. Junior hit his 52nd on this date last year.
Aug 10, 1998 - Chicago WS OF Albert Belle drives in his 100th run of the season in a 5-3 win over Oakland. He joins Jimmie Foxx Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth as the only players to record at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 7 consecutive seasons.
Aug 25, 1996 - The Yankees dedicate their 1st new monument in 47 years to Mickey Mantle in Monument Park in center field at Yankee Stadium. Miller Huggins Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are also honored with monuments while 15 men are honored on plaques.
Sep 6, 1995 - Cal Ripken plays in his 2131st consecutive game breaking Lou Gehrig's long-standing record. The record becomes official after the Angels are retired in the top of the 5th and play is stopped for 22 minutes as Ripken takes a lap around Camden Yards. To complete the perfect evening Ripken hits a HR off Shawn Boskie in the 4th inning and the Orioles go on to win by a score of 4-2.
Sep 4, 1991 - Lou Gehrig's 1938 Yankee road uniform brings $220000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. A Honus Wagner card goes for $125500 while an autographed Gehrig bat sells for $47500.
Jul 19, 1989 - Cleveland's Joe Carter hits 3 home runs in a game for the 2nd time this season in a 10-1 win over Minnesota. It is his 4th career 3-HR game tying Lou Gehrig's AL record and also gives him a ML-record-tying 5 homers in 2 games. Carter knocks home 6 runs in the game.
Sep 20, 1988 - Wade Boggs goes 3-for-3 with 2 walks in Boston's 13-2 rout of Toronto to become the first player this century to collect 200 hits in 6 consecutive seasons. Willie Keeler had 8 straight 200-hit seasons from 1894-1901. Boggs also joins Lou Gehrig as the only players to collect 200 hits and 100 walks in 3 consecutive seasons.
Oct 18, 1970 - Sachio Kinugasa takes his place in the starting lineup of the Hiroshima Carp playing 3B. Over the next 17 years he will play in 2215 consecutive games-the durability record of professional baseball topping Lou Gehrig's 2130.
Jun 24, 1970 - In a doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig's club record of 4 straight homers. The Yanks lose the opener 7-2 despite Murcer's 9th-inning HR off Sam McDowell. Murcer next connects off game 2's starter Mike Paul hitting a solo shot in the 1st inning. A walk in the 4th then a 2-run homer off Paul in the 5th and a game-tying homer in the 8th off Fred Lasher. New York scores in the bottom of the 9th to salvage a 5-4 win. Cleveland 1B Tony Horton hears a hoo and literally crawls back to the dugout after fanning on two of Yankee hurler Steve Hamilton's "Folly floaters." Sensitive to fans' booing during the season Horton will be hospitalized and at 25 this is his last season.
Aug 20, 1965 - Eddie Mathews hits his 28th HR as the Braves win 4-3 at Pittsburgh. The duo of Mathews and Hank Aaron 1954-65 becomes the top HR tandem in ML history passing the Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig total of 772 HRs while playing together.
Jun 10, 1959 - Rocky Colavito hits 4 consecutive HRs in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium to lead the Indians to an 11-8 win. Colavito joins Lou Gehrig and Bobby Lowe as the only ML players to hit 4 consecutive four-baggers. He also scores 5 runs.
Apr 19, 1949 - At pregame ceremonies marking the season opener with the Senators in Yankee Stadium a granite monument to Babe Ruth who died on August 16 1948 is unveiled in center field. Plaques honoring Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins are also presented. Mrs. Babe Ruth Mayor William O'Dwyer Governor Thomas E. Dewey and the current team from St. Mary's Industrial School in Baltimore are at the game. Gary Simpson the St. Mary's captain throws out the first ball. The Yanks who went just 13-14-1 in spring training tie it at 2-2 in the 7th on Berra's 2-out pinch single. New York wins 3-2 when Tommie Henrich hits a dramatic 9th inning two-out HR off starter Sid Hudson. Henrich will hit another HR in tomorrow's 3-0 win. Ed Lopat gives up 8 hits-three by Gil Coan-in going the distance for New York. Gene Woodling the PCL's leading hitter in 1948 with a .385 average plays CF in place of the injured Joe DiMaggio.
Apr 2, 1942 - Publisher A.J. Spink‚ in TSN‚ reports on the result of a poll of 100 former major leaguers and managers as to who their choice is as best player of all time. Ty Cobb is the overwhelming pick‚ getting 60 of the votes cast. The remaining 42 votes are divided among 14 players: Honus Wagner (17): Babe Ruth (11); and Rogers Hornsby and Ross Youngs (2 votes each). The following players each received one vote: Lou Gehrig‚ Ed Delahanty‚ Tris Speaker‚ Joe DiMaggio‚ Mel Ott‚ George Sisler‚ Eddie Collins‚ Christy Mathewson‚ Walter Johnson‚ and Jerry Denny. Among those who reveal they voted for Cobb are Speaker‚ Collins‚ Sisler‚ Johnson‚ Al Simmons‚ Connie Mack‚ and Jack Coombs.
Jun 2, 1941 - New York Yankees 1B Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 37 in New York. Gehrig died at his home in the Bronx. From that time on the illness is known primarily as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Feb 25, 1941 - Days after the start of spring training the Yankees sell Babe Dahlgren the man who took over 1B from Lou Gehrig in 1939 to the Braves. The deal is questioned since no replacement seems apparent. McCarthy claims they would have won another pennant had not Babe Dahlgren made a costly error at first late in the season.
Aug 18, 1940 - The Sunday New York Daily News publishes a shocking article written by its sports editor Jimmy Powers suggesting that the 5th place Yankees had been hit by a "mass polio epidemic." Powers charges that Lou Gehrig's "infantile paralysis" had infected the other Yankees accounting for the team's uncharacteristic reversal of form. The article immediately causes a sensation among readers and fans. At Gehrig's request Milton Eisenberg a Brooklyn attorney brings suit for $1 million against Powers and newspaper charging that Gehrig's reputation and credit had been hurt and that the article had caused him considerable mental anguish. Other angry Yankees including Bill Dickey also file suit against the News causing the newspaper to issue a public apology on September 26 The three and a half column story appears under the headline "OUR APOLOGIES TO LOU GEHRIG AND THE YANKEES." In his apology Powers admits he had no business getting 'snarled up in medical controversy" stating "Gehrig has no communicable disease and was not suffering from the mysterious polio germ that supposedly played havoc with the Yankee ball club." Lou is a personal hero Powers adds. "Hurting his feelings was far from my mind.'
Dec 7, 1939 - Lou Gehrig‚ age 36‚ is unanimously elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame‚ the sole choice this year. The five-year waiting period is waived for the Iron Horse.
Oct 11, 1939 - Lou Gehrig is appointed NYC Parole Commissioner by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.
"Fans‚ for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and I have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure‚ I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also‚ the builder of baseball's greatest empire‚ Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow‚ Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader‚ that smart student of psychology‚ the best manager in baseball today‚ Joe McCarthy? Sure‚ I'm lucky. When the New York Giants‚ a team you would give your right arm to beat‚ and vice versa‚ sends you a gift‚ that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies‚ that's something. When you have a father and mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body‚ it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed‚ that's the finest I know. So I close in saying that I might have had a bad break‚ but I have an awful lot to live for. Thank you."
His teammates give Gehrig a silver trophy with all their signatures on it and inscribed with the following poem by writer John Kieran:
We've been to the wars together;
We took our foes as they came;
And always you were the leader‚
And ever you played the game.
Idol of cheering millions;
Records are yours by the sheaves;
Iron of frame they hailed you‚
Decked you with laurel leaves.
But higher than that we hold you‚
We who have known you best;
Knowing the way you came through
Every human test.
Let this be a silent token
Of lasting friendship's gleam
And all that we've left unspoken.
---Your pals of the Yankee team
Gehrig's uniform number 4 is then retired‚ the first ML player so honored. The Yankees split‚ losing the opener‚ 3-2‚ to Dutch Leonard and taking the nitecap‚ 11-1. George Selkirk homers in both games‚ and adds a triple and single in the nitecap. Sundra wins over Alex Carrasquel.
Jun 21, 1939 - The New York Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement based on the report yesterday from the Mayo Clinic that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The 36-year-old star will remain with the team as captain.
May 2, 1939 - After carrying out the scorecard to the umpires Lou Gehrig voluntarily benches himself "for the good of the team." He is batting .143 with one RBI. His consecutive-game string stops at 2130. Babe Dahlgren his replacement has a homer and double as the Yankees rout Detroit 22-2. New York bats around in three innings to make it easy for Red Ruffing. Ballyhooed Tiger teenager Fred Hutchinson makes his major league debut and the Yankees light him up for eight runs in 2/3 of an inning. Hutch gives up 4 hits and walks five.
Sep 27, 1938 - At Yankee Stadium Lou Gehrig connects off Washington's Dutch Leonard for his 29th homer of the year to pace New York to a 5-2 win. It is Lou's 493rd and last career round tripper and it comes on the 15th anniversary of his first homer.
Sep 7, 1938 - On Joe Cronin Day at Fenway Jimmie Foxx leads the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Yankees. Double X has 8 RBIs on 3 hits including a pair of homers-all in just 5 1/2 innings as the game is called on account of rain. Lou Gehrig has a pair of singles and each time steals second base. They are the last 2 steals of his career.
Aug 20, 1938 - Lou Gehrig hits a first-inning grand slam the 23rd and last of his career for a still-standing record. It comes off Buck Ross in an 11-3 victory over the A's. Larrupin' Lou ends the day with 6 RBIs.
May 31, 1938 - At New York Jimmie Foxx hits a grand slam off Yankee P Joe Beggs the first of three he'll hit off Beggs this season but the Yanks prevail 12-5. Lou Gehrig plays his 2000th consecutive game and has an RBI single.
Apr 29, 1938 - To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (according to reports, 4903 women attended) the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-4. Bill Dickey drives in three runs and Lou Gehrig Lou Gehrig, with two singles, enjoys his first two-hit game of the season. He consecutive-game streak reaches 1977.
Apr 29, 1938 - To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (according to reports, 4903 women attended) the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-4. Bill Dickey drives in three runs and Lou Gehrig, with two singles, enjoys his first two-hit game of the season. He consecutive-game streak reaches 1977.
Apr 29, 1938 - To the delight of the first Ladies Day crowd ever at Yankee Stadium (according to reports, 4903 women attended) the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-4. Bill Dickey drives in three runs and Lou Gehrig, with two singles, enjoys his first two-hit game of the season. Gehrig's consecutive-game streak reaches 1977.
Oct 9, 1937 - Carl Hubbell staves off a Yankee sweep with a 6-hit 7-3 victory. The Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Lou Gehrig hits a 9th inning HR to give him a record 34 RBIs breaking Ruth's record of 33. The Yankees make no errors in the series setting a record; the next team to match them will be Baltimore in a 4-game series in 1966.
Sep 23, 1937 - The Yankees lose 9-5 to the Browns but clinch the pennant when the Red Sox beat Detroit. Lou Gehrig's 1st inning RBI is his 150th of the year. Gehrig has now driven in 150 or more runs 7 times to set a new ML mark. Babe Ruth did it 6 times.
Sep 8, 1937 - It's a day the Red Sox would rather forget. In the opener at Yankee Stadium New York's Red Ruffing and Bobo Newsom battle to a 2-2 tie before Myril Hoag drives in Gehrig with the winning run in the 9th inning. Then in game 2 the Yankees make just two hits off Jack Wilson and are down 6-1 with two outs in the 9th inning but rally for 8 runs to win 9-6. Two doubles a double error by Cronin and a single by Joe DiMaggio ties the score at 6 apiece. With two men on Bosox reliever Al Thomas comes in and serves up one pitch to Lou Gehrig who parks a game-winning 3-run HR his 33rd round tripper of the season. Frank Makosky who pitches the 9th is winner.
Aug 3, 1937 - A Tuesday crowd of 66767 watches at Yankee Stadium as Lou Gehrig plays his 1900th consecutive game. In the first of two against the White Sox Gehrig responds with a three-run homer Joe D matches him and Tony Lazzeri completes the scoring with a solo homer for a 7-2 Yankee win. The Yanks score the same way in the nitecap a 5-3 win; Lazzeri hits a solo homer and Dickey adds a grand slam.
Aug 1, 1937 - Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle against the Browns as the Yankees win 14-5. It is the 2nd time he has performed this feat in his career. Joe DiMaggio adds his 31st homer of the year and his 3rd in three days.
Jul 7, 1937 - Lou Gehrig leads the AL All-Stars over the NL 8-3 with a HR double and 4 RBI in a game that President Franklin Roosevelt attends in Washington. Joe Medwick has 4 hits for the Nationals. In the 3rd inning Dizzy Dean's right toe is fractured by a drive off the bat of Earl Averill. After the injury Dean is unable to pitch with the same delivery. He uses an unnatural motion causing an arm injury from which he never recovers. Left off the powerful AL squad is Hank Greenberg whose 103 RBIs at the All-Star break will not be topped.
May 13, 1937 - Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and drives in three runs as the Yankees trip the Browns 4-2. Gehrig hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats. Tommy Henrich making his 2nd appearance bats third. He collects a pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a hit.
Apr 20, 1937 - The Senators open the season before 45850 at Yankee Stadium with a 3-2 win over Lefty Gomez. The Yankees tally 10 hits off Monte Weaver including two doubles and a single by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig is playing in his 1809th straight game. Al Simmons purchased two weeks earlier from Detroit cracks a disputed homer in the 6th to tie the game at 2-2: New York argues that a fan reached over the railing and touched the ball. The Nats score the winning run in the 8th on a long sac fly by Shanty Hogan.
Mar 13, 1937 - Lou Gehrig agrees to $38000 plus a $750 bonus for signing. He'll play his first game March 20 driving in 2 runs as the Yanks beat the Bees 5-3.
Oct 16, 1936 - Lou Gehrig who hit 49 HRs scored 167 runs knocked in 152 and batted .354 is voted AL MVP by the BBWAA. He topped 400 total bases for a ML record 5th time.
Oct 3, 1936 - Game 3 shifts to Yankee Stadium and a new attendance record of 64842. Lou Gehrig's solo HR is matched by the Giants' Jimmy Ripple with the deciding run of the Yankees 2-1 squeaker coming on an infield hit.
Aug 28, 1936 - In the 2nd game at the Stadium New York pitcher Johnny Murphy leads the offense by stroking five singles in five at bats collects 5 RBIs and scores three times. Two of his hits come in the 11-run second inning as DiMaggio adds a homer and Red Rolfe and Tony Lazzeri each triple. Selkirk walks twice in the inning. Detroit scores 3 in the frame to tie the AL mark of 14 for the 2nd inning. New York wins 19-4 in a game mercifully called in the latter half of the 7th. They also win the opener 14-5 behind Red Ruffing as Lou Gehrig hits his 41st and 42nd of the year. Rolfe adds 4 RBIs on three hits and the Yankees score 35 runs in 14 innings for the afternoon. No pitcher will match Murph's 5 hits until 1964 when Mel Stottlemyre cards five.
Jul 31, 1936 - Led by Lou Gehrig who clouts his 33rd homer the Yankees down the Indians 11-7 at League Park. The loss snaps the Tribe's five-game win streak and leaves the Yankees 8 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland. Gehrig and Red Rolfe clout homers in the 5th to chase Mel Harder but the Indians answer with three doubles by Earl Averill and a homer by Hal Trosky. Hadley with relief from Johnny Murphy hangs on for his 9th win.
Jul 28, 1936 - In the 6th inning of a 16-6 Yankee win in Detroit the Tiger's Goose Goslin drives a ball in the gap in right center. Right fielder DiMaggio and CF Myril Hoag in for a slumping Powell sprint for the ball and collide the ball bounding by for an inside-the-park homer. Both players are knocked unconscious but appear unhurt: Dimag stays in though Hoag is replaced. He'll play tomorrow and collect a single then collapse in his hotel room on the 30th with a brain clot. Hoag will be operated on successfully at Harper Hospital and will be out the rest of the season but he'll return to play six more years. New York wins the game on 20 hits scoring 4 runs in each of the first two innings and three apiece in the 4th and 5th. Lou Gehrig scores 5 runs and has two doubles single and number 31 with two aboard to pace the visitors. Tommy Bridges is the loser while Johnny Murphy who relieves Monte Pearson in the 4th is credited with the win. Selkirk adds a homer for the Yankees who have now hit 122.
Jul 20, 1936 - In an exhibition game in Pittsburgh former Yankee Waite Hoyt stops his old teammates 7-2. Lou Gehrig's 6th inning homer is the first score for New York. Ted Kleinhaus is cuffed in his 8 innings. While Hoyt wins another old pitcher loses as the Pirates hand Guy Bush his release. The Bees will sign him.
Jul 17, 1936 - Yankees Red Rolfe Lou Gehrig and Bill Dickey hit 3rd-inning HRs against Detroit to tie the AL record since topped. New York rolls 9-4 dropping the Bengals to 4th place. Goose Goslin has a pair of homers for Detroit.
Jul 7, 1936 - The NL having lost the first 3 All-Star Games wins 4-3 at Boston's National League Park with four different Cub players (Galan Herman Hartnett and Demaree) scoring runs. After Dizzy Dean and Carl Hubbell each pitch scoreless 3-inning stints Curt Davis is hammered by the AL including Lou Gehrig's HR but Lon Warneke shuts the door. Meanwhile the NL is helped by Joe DiMaggio's loose fielding and error and Augie Galan's HR. DiMag is the first rookie to play in an All-Star game. NL plays its starting lineup except for 2 late-inning pinch hitters. Local favorite and 3-time starter Wally Berger doesn't appear. Missing from the NL roster are Dolph Camilli and Buck Jordan co-leaders at .348 as well as the eventual batting champ Paul Waner.
May 10, 1936 - By beating the A's 7-2 at home the Yankees move into first place and will remain there the rest of the season. Rookie Joe DiMaggio makes his belated home debut and hits his first home run off George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has 4 hits and two RBIs and Johnny Murphy in his first start of the season picks up the win.
Sep 13, 1935 - Detroit wallops the Yankees 13-5 behind Schoolboy Rowe. Greenberg has 3 hits including a homer to boost his league leading average. George Selkirk hits an inside the park homer and Lou Gehrig hits 2 out to reach 30 homers. He now has 116 RBI 54 coming on homers.
Aug 27, 1935 - The Yankees outslug the White Sox 13-10 in the first game of two as the two teams combine to strand 30 runners (15 apiece) tying the ML record set in 1893. After 3 hits in the first game Lou Gehrig ties an AL record with 5 walks in 5 plate appearances in the 2nd game as the Yanks lose 4-3.
Aug 21, 1935 - In another scoring outburst the Yankees down the Browns at Sportsman's Park 14-2 before losing 14-3. A crowd of 1500 see Lou Gehrig blow open the first game with a 3rd inning grand slam off Buck Newsom. It is Lou's record 17th grand slam. Gehrig has another HR in the nitecap.
Aug 5, 1935 - In a rain-soaked game between the Yankees and the Red Sox Lou Gehrig leaves in the 4th inning with another lumbago attack and Myril Hoag pinch hits. The teams engage in stalling and hurry-up tactics and AL President Heydler fines managers Cronin and McCarthy $100 each. The Yanks win 10-2.
Jun 8, 1935 - In the lidlifter in Boston Lou Gehrig is 3-for-3 with 4 RBIs to lead New York to a 13-6 win. Gehrig collides with Carl Reynolds on a play at 1B and leaves the game with arm and shoulder injuries. He does play in game 2 a 4-2 Boston win. Lefty Gomez walks 8 and wild pitches home 2 runs to help lose his 7th.
Feb 19, 1935 - Lou Gehrig signs for $30000 $7000 less than he asked for. Gehrig is now the highest paid player in baseball.
Nov 20, 1934 - Seventeen-year-old Eiji Sawamura gives up one hit‚ a HR to Lou Gehrig‚ as the touring American all-stars win in Japan 1-0. At one point Sawamura strikes out 4 in a row-Charlie Gehringer‚ Babe Ruth‚ Jimmie Foxx‚ and Gehrig. The all-stars easily win the other 15 games against high school and post-college players. College players in Japan are prohibited from playing against foreigners.
Nov 3, 1934 - Although Lou Gehrig wins the Triple Crown with 49 HRs 165 RBI and a .363 BA Mickey Cochrane with 2 HRs 76 RBI and a .320 BA is named AL MVP. Cochrane has 67 points to finish ahead of teammates Charlie Gehringer (65 points) and Schoolboy Row (59 points). Lefty Gomez of the Yankees polls 60. Dizzy Dean with a 30-7 record is chosen as NL MVP easily outdistancing Pitt's Paul Waner.
Oct 21, 1934 - An all-star team led by Babe Ruth and Connie Mack sails on tour to Hawaii and Japan. Players with wives include Lou Gehrig Jimmie Foxx Charlie Gehringer Lefty Gomez Earl Averill and Lefty O'Doul.
Sep 23, 1934 - The Yankees keep their mathematical chances alive with a double win over the visiting Red Sox but most of the cheers are for Babe Ruth. The Babe is 0-for-4 with a walk in the opener a 1-0 three hitter spun by Lefty Gomez. Arndt Jorgens knocks in the only run off George Hockette to give Gomez his 26th win. In the nitecap Boston scores 4 in the 5th but the Yankees tie it on Lou Gehrig's 47th homer of the year. In the last of the 9th Ruth emerges from the dugout as a pinch hitter but lines out. New York then scores the winner in the 10th on Chapman's single. Red Ruffing is the starter and winner. George Selkirk has five hits including a homer in the two games.
Aug 21, 1934 - New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig hits his 38th and 39th homers, driving in five runs, but the second place Yankees fall to the visiting St. Louis Browns, 8-6. The Browns Ray Pepper has four hits, three RBI, and two errors.
Jul 13, 1934 - Babe Ruth hits his 700th HR a two-run shot in the 3rd off Timmy Bridges to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win at Detroit's Navin Field. As he is circling the bases Ruth shouts to his teammates "I want that ball." As with his 500th and 600th homer the Babe pays $20 to a youngster for the ball. The victory puts New York back in first place. Lou Gehrig singles in his first at-bat and then has a lumbago seizure and has to be helped off the field. Jack Saltgaver takes his place. Red Ruffing scatters six hits for the win.
Jul 5, 1934 - Lou Gehrig hits an inside-the-park grand slam as the Yankees beat the Senators 8-3. It is his 4th slam of the season and 17th overall passing Babe Ruth's record career total. Gehrig adds another homer and two singles to drive in seven runs as the Yankees top the Senators 8-3. Gehrig will eventually set a career record of 23 grand slams. Gehrig now has 321 career HRs to Ruth's 698.
Jun 29, 1934 - Lou Gehrig is beaned in an exhibition game played in Norfolk Virginia and suffers a slight concussion. Ray White a former Columbia University player hits Gehrig his 2nd time up; he homers his 1st time up. Ruth is 4-for-4 in 5 innings as the Yankees prevail 11-9.
Jun 20, 1934 - The AL leading New York Yankees trip the Indians twice‚ 3-2 and 3-0‚ at Yankee Stadium. New York ties the first game on Frank Crosetti's solo homer in the 8th against Bob Weiland‚ then wins it on Lou Gehrig's 18th homer in the 9th. Lefty Gomez‚ in relief of Johnny Broaca‚ is the winner. In game 2‚ Hal Trosky's single is the only hit off Yankee righthander Red Ruffing‚ who also knocks in a run.
May 22, 1934 - The Indians stop the Yankees 5-1 with Lou Gehrig driving in the lone run for New York. For the 2nd time in his career Lou has driven in at least one run a game for 10 straight games.
May 13, 1934 - For the second time in his career Cleveland's Lloyd Brown serves up a grand slam to Lou Gehrig as the Yanks roll 8-0 behind Lefty Gomez. Ben Chapman adds a homer and a pair of triples to lead New York. Babe Ruth leaves in the 4th inning when he is hit on the knee cap by a pitch from Thornton Lee.
May 10, 1934 - Lou Gehrig hits 2 HRs (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles tying the record with four long hits and drives in 7 runs but leaves the game after 5 innings with a severe cold. The Yanks top the White Sox 13-3. During the game Ben Chapman shouts racial remarks at a Jewish fan. In 1947 he will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Jackie Robinson.
Sep 19, 1933 - The Yankees pile up 34 hits and drub the White Sox twice 10-1 and 10-3. George Uhle and Charley Devans are the recipients of the offensive largesse. Joe Sewell has six hits for the afternoon while Lou Gehrig has six RBIs. Gehrig hits #30 in game one following immediately after Walker hits a homer. Lou is now even with Ruth who sat out the afternoon
Sep 18, 1933 - The 2nd-place Yankees split with the White Sox winning 6-1 on Johnny Allen's 2-hitter before falling 4-3. Les Tietje in his ML debut stops the Bombers in the nitecap. Lou Gehrig clubs HRs #28 and #29: Foxx leads the AL with 45 and has connected in every AL ball park the 1st American Leaguer besides Ruth to do it. The Babe did it 11 seasons.
Aug 17, 1933 - Against the Browns Lou Gehrig plays his 1308th consecutive game to break Everett Scott's mark. Lou is 2-for-5. Manager Hornsby razzed by the Yankees all afternoon inserts himself as a pinch hitter with 2 outs in the 10th and cracks a 3-run homer off Lefty Gomez to win the game 7-6.
Jul 26, 1933 - Lou Gehrig is thrown out of the second game in a doubleheader a 9-4 loss against Boston. Bill Summers tosses him in the 4th for excessively riding the umps. Had it been the first game Lou's consecutive-game streak would have ended. New York wins the first game 2-0.
Jun 14, 1933 - At Boston Lou Gehrig's consecutive-game streak survives even though he and manager McCarthy are thrown out of a game in the 7th inning for protesting that Boston's Rick Ferrell ran out of the baseline between 1B and 2B. Joe McCarthy is suspended 3 games but Gehrig's streak now at 1249 continues. Gehrig is 1-for-3 with a triple in the 13-5 loss to Tommy Bridges.
Jun 9, 1933 - In Philadelphia Foxx ties a ML record with another HR his 5th in 3 games and his 12th of the year but the A's bow to the Yankees 7-6. Lou Gehrig hits his 12th of the year and Tony Lazzeri hits a 3-run homer in the 8th to ice it. The sweltering heat in the east (NYC sets a heat record for the date with 97 degrees) causes both starters to end early; Jim Peterson leaves after walking the leadoff batter and after 5 innings Jumbo Brown collapses in the Yankees dugout and has to be carried away.
Jun 8, 1933 - Welcome to the Bigs. A's reliever Bobby Coombs gives up a homer to his first ML batter but Jimmie Foxx homers in his first 3 at bats all off Lefty Gomez as the A's outscore the Yankees 14-10. Foxx had homered his last time up the previous day to give him ML record tying 4 consecutive HRs. Bobby Lowe did it in 1894. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hit homers for New York with the Babe's landing across the street from the RF fence. Losing pitcher Wilcey Moore gives up 6 runs in the 8th. Art Mahaffey is the winner.
Apr 29, 1933 - Washington C Luke Sewell makes a rare double play with no outs in the 9th tagging out first Lou Gehrig who held up at 2B to see if a Tony Lazzeri's fly ball would be caught and then Dixie Walker attempting to score from 1B. Lazzeri's hit is a double but Cronin's relay from Goose Goslin allows Sewell to tag the two in succession. The Senators beat the Yankees 6-3.
Apr 23, 1933 - Lou Gehrig's consecutive-game streak is threatened when he is knocked unconscious by an Earl Whitehill pitch in the New York-Washington game. He recovers and finishes the game a 5-4 loss to the Nats.
Apr 13, 1933 - Delayed a day because of a spring storm the Yankees open against the Red Sox in front of 36221 at Yankee Stadium. Lou Gehrig jump starts the offense with a three-run homer in the first off former Yank Ivy Andrews and the New Yorkers score one more in the 4th to win 4-3. Lefty Gomez is the winner but as with last year's opener he needs help getting the last out.
Sep 28, 1932 - In the opening game of the WS Lou Gehrig's HR leads the Yankees to a 12-6 win over the Cubs.
Sep 24, 1932 - In a battle of Boston collegians Harvard beats BC. Charlie Devens former Harvard hurler makes his ML debut for the Yankees and beats Boston 8-2. The loss goes to Eddie Gallagher former Boston College pitcher who exits in the 5th. Babe Ruth swats his 41st homer of the year in the 9th and Lou Gehrig belts his 34th in the 5th. The series-bound Yankees will end the season with a new ML record of scoring in every game. Not until the 2000 Reds will a team match this mark.
Sep 9, 1932 - The Tigers beat the Yankees 14-13 in a 14-inning game in which Lou Gehrig hits a grand slam and drives in 8 runs. He has reached this RBI feat twice before. Frankie Crosetti strikes out 4 times in the game including twice in one inning. Detroit also tops the Yanks 4-1 in 5 innings to finally complete the protested game of August 1st and the tie of yesterday. The Yanks score their lone run in the 3rd inning off Buck Marrow with their only two hits of the game.
Jun 23, 1932 - In St. Louis Lou Gehrig plays his 1103rd successive game in a New York uniform equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland). The Yanks score two in the first when Bump Hadley walks Gehrig and Dickey with the bases loaded and he walks three more in the 2nd but escapes unharmed. The Browns score three runs in each of the first two innings and top the Yanks George Pipgras 11-10. Goose Goslin leads the way with three homers the third time in his career he's done it in a game while Gehrig (#18) and Ruth (#22) connect for New York.
Jun 3, 1932 - In Philadelphia Lou Gehrig hits 4 consecutive HRs and narrowly misses a 5th in the Yankees-Athletics slugfest won by New York 20-13. Tony Lazzeri hits for the cycle including a grand slam and the teams set a still-standing record for extra bases on long hits in a single game (41). Gehrig's 5th inning homer-his 3rd of the game-comes off A's starter George Earnshaw and follows a blast by Babe Ruth his 15th. Lou's last homer in the 7th is served up by Roy Mahaffey. Earl Combs adds another for New York to help the Yanks set a total base record of 50. Jimmie Foxx has a triple as he and Mickey Cochrane connect for the A's
Apr 12, 1932 - At Shibe Park bitter cold and the Depression limit the crowd to 16000 for the Opener with the Yankees a 12-6 slugfest won by New York. New York racks up five home runs-two each by Babe Ruth and Sammy Byrd and another by Lou Gehrig. Gehrig adds a triple and single as the Yankees score ten runs and hit four homers off ace George Earnshaw. Ruth clouts a three-run homer in the first that lands on a roof across 20th street and a two-run homer in the 4th that travels even farther. The longest homer of the day however is Jimmie Foxx's shot to center in the 7th. Jack Saltzgraver and the A's Max Bishop each walk four times and Gehrig with an 11-4 lead in the 9th steals home with Ben Chapman swiping 2B. Al Simmons answers with a two-run homer the 7th of the game off Lefty Gomez. With the bases full of A's Red Ruffing gets the last out.
Oct 15, 1931 - Sportswriter Fred Lieb leads an all-star squad on a barnstorming trip to Hawaii and Japan. Among those aboard ship are Lou Gehrig Frank Frisch Rabbit Maranville Willie Kamm Al Simmons Lefty O'Doul Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove.
Sep 27, 1931 - Lou Gehrig hits a HR to tie Babe Ruth at 46 while the Yankees pound Lefty Grove 13-1 and deny him his 32nd victory. Grove throws just 3 innings in the warm-up for the Series. Gehrig drives in 2 runs as he (184) and Ruth (163) combine to drive in 347 runs for the year the most productive duo in history. Dickey has 4 hits and ends the year with no passed balls the only AL catcher-and the Yankees are the only AL team-to ever accomplish the feat. The Yankees score 1067 runs this season the highest number this century.
Sep 20, 1931 - The Yanks run their win streak to 10 in a row beating the Indians 7-1 and 10-4 in 7 innings. Lou Gehrig hits his 45th homer in game 1 and drives in 4 runs for the afternoon to break his old RBI mark of 175 set in 1927. By the season's end he will have a total of 184. Ruth also drives home 4 runs and hits his 44th in game 2.
Aug 30, 1931 - At Boston Ben Chapman and Lou Gehrig each have 4 hits and together total 9 RBIs as the Yanks roll over the Red Sox 14-4. One of Gehrig's hits is a homer his 37th and 2 of Chapman's leave the park. Hal Rhyne has 4 hits for Boston.
Aug 21, 1931 - After belting #599 a grand slam in yesterday's game Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR off George Blaeholder of the Browns as the Yankees win 11-7. Lou Gehrig homers immediately after the Babe's historic blow. In their 10 years as teammates they will homer in the same inning 19 times and in the same game 72 times.
Jun 22, 1931 - The tail-end Browns take the final game 14-10 in the 5-games series with the Yankees. Oscar Melillo scores 5 runs as St. Louis overcomes a pair of HRs by Lou Gehrig each with Ruth on base. Gehrig hits 5 homers 4 singles and 3 doubles in the series.
Jun 6, 1931 - At Yankee Stadium the Indians take a 7-4 lead into the 9th when Morgan and Vosmik single against Jim Weaver. Willie Kamm lines to Lou Gehrig who starts a 3-6 triple play. The Tribe still wins 7-5.
May 4, 1931 - At Yankee Stadium Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth back in the lineup switch positions to spare Ruth's lame leg. Despite 5 hits by the pair the Red Sox beat the Yankees 7-3 as Gehrig makes an error. It is the last game in which Gehrig plays OF.
Apr 26, 1931 - Dusty Cooke Yankee RF separates his shoulder diving for a ?y ball off the bat of Ossie Bluege of Washington and 1B Gehrig winds up chasing the ball which becomes an inside-the-park HR. With Babe Ruth still sidelined the shorthanded Yankees send P Red Ruffing to the outfield. The game's most significant play comes with Lyn Lary on base when Lou Gehrig's drive into the CF stands at Washington bounces back and is caught by CF Harry Rice. According to the rules this is a home run but when Lary sees Rice catching the ball he thinks it's the final out of the inning. Unnoticed by Joe McCarthy coaching at 3B Lary heads for the dugout after crossing 3B. Gehrig circles the bases but he is called out and gets credit for a triple instead of a HR and loses 2 RBI. As a result Gehrig will end the season tied for the HR title with Babe Ruth at 46 and will have "only" 184 RBI. The Yanks also lose the game 9-7 and McCarthy will do no more coaching at the bases this season. Gehrig's triple also means that at the year's end the majors will collect 1070 triples one more than the two leagues will total in homers (1069). It will be the last season that there are more triples than homers. For Cooke the injury ends his season at 27 games and a .333 batting average. The injury will cut down his effectiveness and after just 3 appearances next year he'll be traded to Boston.
Apr 2, 1931 - Miss Jackie Mitchell a 17-year-old gate attraction for Joe Engel's Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern Association) pitches against the New York Yankees in an exhibition game in Chattanooga. Babe Ruth waves wildly at two pitches and watches a 3rd strike go by. Lou Gehrig gallantly times his 3 swings to miss the ball but unsmiling Tony Lazzeri after first trying to bunt walks and Miss Mitchell leaves the game. The final score is 14-4 Yankees. In 1933 Mitchell will pitch for the House of David team.
Jul 31, 1930 - Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 7th career grand slam off Boston's Ed Durham to lead the Yankees to a 14-13 slugfest over the Red Sox. The Yanks have now slugged 5 grand slams in the past 5 weeks.
Jul 14, 1930 - At Comiskey Park the White Sox outslug the Yankees 10-9 in the opener before being handcuffed in the nitecap by Bob Shawkey 7-2. Lou Gehrig homers in each game while Babe Ruth nursing a sore hand contributes a two run single in the opener for his only safety. Ben Chapman adds a 4th-inning homer in the nitecap.
Jun 22, 1930 - At Shibe the Yanks turn tables on the A's and sweep a doubleheader winning 10-1 and 20-13. Ruth continues his hot hitting belting two homers in the opener and one in the nitecap giving him 6 homers in 3 games. Lou Gehrig matches Ruth in the nitecap cracking three home runs.
May 4, 1929 - At Comiskey Park Lou Gehrig wallops 3 home runs against the Sox in an 11-9 New York shootout. His middle HR in the 7th inning is sandwiched between roundtrippers by Ruth and Bob Meusel. With his homer off Red Faber in the 2nd Gehrig joins Ruth as the 2nd slugger to clear the RF stands 75 feet high and 360 feet away from home plate. The Ruthian clout came off Tommy Thomas in 1927. His last homer of the day is served up by Dan Dugan.
Oct 9, 1928 - After a rainout, Waite Hoyt and Bill Sherdel are back on the mound for game 4. After 6 innings, the Cards hold a 2–1 lead. With one out in the 7th, Babe Ruth hits a HR, his 2nd of the game, after seeming to take a third strike on a quick pitch from Sherdel who took the catcher’s relay with his foot on the rubber and fired back. The umpires discussed the quick pitch, allowed in the NL but outlawed in the AL, and ruled it would not be counted. Two pitches later, Lou Gehrig follows suit. When Bob Meusel singles, in comes Grover Cleveland Alexander to face Tony Lazzeri. Lazzeri doubles and later scores the 4th run of the inning. In the 8th, Cedric Durst, subbing for Earle Combs, hits one out of the park, and Ruth follows with his 3rd HR of the game. Final score is 7–3 and the Yanks sweep their 2nd straight World Series. Ruth’s WS BA of .625 is still unmatched; with Gehrig’s .545 and a record 9 RBI, they also set individual and team offensive records for hits, HRs, total bases, and at bats in a game.
Oct 7, 1928 - Veteran Tom Zachary (3-3 with New York) gets a start against the Cards' Jesse Haines (20-8). Two infield hits followed by a triple give the Cards 2 runs. Lou Gehrig leads off the 2nd with a booming HR and in the 4th the sharp-fielding Taylor Douthit misplays a single before a 2-run HR by Gehrig. Three runs in the 8th give New York a 6-3 lead that stands up when Zachary goes all the way for a 7-3 win. Ruth and Gehrig have 2 hits each and Gehrig another 3 RBI.
Oct 4, 1928 - The first game is a swift execution before 61425 at New York. Babe Ruth has a single and double and scores twice once on Bob Meusel's 4th-inning HR and Lou Gehrig is 2-for-4 with 2 RBI off Bill Sherdel (21-10). Waite Hoyt (23-7) sets the Cards down with 3 hits one a solo HR by Bottomley in the 7th for a 4-1 win.
Apr 13, 1928 - At Philadelphia the Yankees edge the Athletics 8-7 on a double by Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig hits a long drive off Eddie Rommel that goes through an open window on 20th Street. Cy Moore allows just 2 hits through 5 innings for New York before weakening but picks up the win. Joe Hauser returning to the A's after a year in the minors collects two homers and a triple.
Oct 11, 1927 - Lou Gehrig who established a new ML record with 175 RBI is named AL MVP. With 56 points Gehrig wins over Harry Heilmann's 35 and Ted Lyons's 34. Ruth is not considered because former winners are not eligible.
Oct 8, 1927 - Down 3-0 the Pirates give the ball to their biggest winner Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th Ruth's 2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him for a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th. In the last of the 9th Combs walks Mark Koenig beats out a bunt and Ruth walks to fill the bases. Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri a wild pitch rolls far enough away for Combs to score the winning run. The Bronx Bombers are World Champions in 4 straight. Ruth's .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd Waner's .400 tops the Bucs.
Sep 27, 1927 - Babe Ruth connects for a grand slam off Lefty Grove while Lou Gehrig hits No. 46 in a 7-4 win over the A's. For Ruth it is his 6th grand slam but just his 3rd as a Yankee. Ruth has 57 with 3 games to play.
Aug 16, 1927 - In an 8-1 Yankee victory Babe Ruth puts his stamp of approval on the newly constructed Comiskey Park grandstand roof by cranking a Tommy Thomas pitch over the addition in left field where it lands in a parking lot. He is the first player to hit one over the roof. It is Ruth's 37th of the year and he now trails Lou Gehrig by a homer.
Jul 30, 1927 - At New York the Yanks trim the Indians twice 7-3 and 5-0. Lou Gehrig has a pair of home runs to lead Ruth by one homer at 35. One is Lou's 2nd bounce HR of his career: a fair ball that bounced into the stands is a HR in the AL until 1929 (1930 in the NL). Gehrig had 2 career bounce HRs while Ruth never hits one. Ruether wins the opener and adds a home run Waite Hoyt wins his 14th in the nitecap.
Jun 28, 1927 - The Yanks build a 9-0 lead against the A's and withstand an 8-run rally by the Mackmen in the 9th to win 9-8. New York now leads the AL by 10 games. Lou Gehrig collects his 100th hit of the year belting his 23rd homer with one on. Ruth nursing a sore right knee sits out his 3rd straight game.
Jun 23, 1927 - At Boston Lou Gehrig leads New York to an 11-4 victory by hitting three home runs a first at Fenway Park. Gehrig hits a two run homer in the 2nd and solo shots in the 6th and 8th off Danny MacFayden. He adds a single to his total as Dutch Ruether coasts to the win.
Jun 18, 1927 - At New York Lou Gehrig belts #16 and #17 to drive in five runs to lead the Yanks over the Browns 8-3. Lou scores 3 runs. Myles Thomas gives up a homer to Wally Schang in winning his 6th in 7 starts.
May 7, 1927 - At Comiskey Park Lou Gehrig christens the new RF pavilion by parking a 9th inning grand slam there off Ted Lyons. It's the 1st homer in the remodeled park. The Yankees coast to an 8-0 win behind Herb Pennock.
Oct 10, 1926 - On a drizzling New York afternoon only 38093 show up at the Stadium for the deciding WS contest. Grover Alexander possibly sleeping off a hangover in the bullpen barely notices when Jess Haines take a 3-2 lead over Waite Hoyt into the 7th. Haines weakens in the last of the 7th; 3 walks put Earle Combs Bob Meusel and Lou Gehrig on base with 2 out and Tony Lazzeri at the plate. Hornsby then waves in Alexander. On a 1-1 count Lazzeri hits a line drive into the left-field seats a few feet to the foul side of the pole then swings and misses for strike 3. Alexander sets the Yanks down in order until Babe Ruth draws his 11th walk with 2 out in the 9th and is thrown out inexplicably trying to steal 2B. The Cards and St. Louis have their first World Championship. Each winner collects $5584.51 the losers $3417.75.
Oct 2, 1926 - Game 1 of the WS before 61658 at New York belongs to southpaws Herb Pennock (25-11) and Bill Sherdel (16-12). Two hits give the Cards a quick first-inning run. Sherdel issues 3 walks for a New York run without a hit. In the 6th Babe Ruth slaps a single to left moves to 2B on a sacrifice and scores on a Lou Gehrig single for a 2-1 win. It is the first of Gehrig's record 8 game-winning RBI in WS play.
Aug 13, 1926 - The only game played today is in Washington where Lou Gehrig clouts homers in the 4th and 5th innings off Walter Johnson only the 2nd time in his career that the Washington star has surrendered 2 homers to one player. The Yankees win 7-5.
Jul 24, 1926 - Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth demonstrate that power hitting is not the only thing they can do when Lou scores on a double steal with the Babe in a 7-4 victory over the White Sox. They had pulled the same double steal against the Red Sox on April 13th.
Jul 1, 1926 - In the first of 2 at Yankee Stadium Lou Gehrig's solo homer in the 6th off Walter Johnson is the difference as the Yankees win 3-2 over the Senators. Urban Shocker takes the win. Washington comes back to win game 2 12-5.
Sep 10, 1925 - Bob Meusel Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit successive homers in the 4th inning of game one versus the A's all off Sammy Gray. New York wins 7-3. Then Ruth and OF Ben Paschal hit back-to-back homers in the 4th of game 2 but New York loses 5-4.
Jul 23, 1925 - The Yankees and Lou Gehrig who hits the first of his ML-record 23 grand slams beat Firpo Marberry and the Senators 11-7. Gehrig's slam is a fly ball in the 7th that LF Goose Goslin thinks will drift foul but it drops fair and bounds into the seats scoring Ward Meusel and Ruth. The bounce homer is good for 4 runs and Gehrig also hits a 2-run homer in the 5th.
Jun 17, 1925 - In the third record runs-scored-in-an-inning to occur within 2 1/2 weeks the Tigers score 13 runs in the 6th and beat the Yankees 19-1 at Yankee Stadium. It takes 49 minutes to play the top of the 6th in which there are 7 walks and 6 hits one a grand slam by Ty Cobb. John Tavener walks twice in the frame and Johnny Basslet ties a ML record by reaching base twice on errors in the inning. Eleven runs score before the first out is made. The score is the most runs ever racked up by an opponent in the House that Ruth built though it will be topped in 2004 by Cleveland. Coach Oscar Stanage comes on the catch for the Tigers and goes 1-for-1 in his last appearance as a player. His first at bat came in 1906. Lou Gehrig has two of the four hits off Dauss a homer and a triple.
Jun 2, 1925 - 1B Wally Pipp is hit on the head in batting practice resulting in a severe headache. It'll only get worse as Lou Gehrig takes over at first and goes 3-for-5 against the Senators. Reliever Alex Ferguson gets the win for New York in the 8-5 victory with Allan Russell taking the loss.
Jun 1, 1925 - At a Monday game at Yankee Stadium 18000 are on hand to see the Babe make his first appearance of the season. He goes 0-2 with a walk against Washington's Walter Johnson before leaving in the 6th inning. The Nats win 5-3. In the 9th inning Lou Gehrig begins a consecutive-game streak that will surpass Everett Scott's mark by pinch-hitting for Pee Wee Wanninger the SS who replaced Scott in the Yankees lineup.
Apr 22, 1925 - The Senators play their home opener with President Coolidge throwing out the first ball. caught by Walter Johnson. Behind Johnson trounces the Ruth-less Yankees 10-1. Rookie Lou Gehrig is in RF in place of the ailing Babe. Coolidge stands in the top of the 7th despite the sleeve tugging of Mrs. Coolidge who eventually stands as well. The President's entourage then stands. Coolidge rises for the bottom of the 7th also.
Jun 17, 1924 - Playing for Hartford Lou Gehrig who will hit a record 23 bases-loaded homers in the majors hits his only minor league grand slam. Hartford wins 5-2 over Worcester.
Sep 27, 1923 - Signed in June for a $1500 bonus and recently brought up from Hartford (Eastern League) Lou Gehrig hits the first of his 493 HRs. It comes off Bill Piercy at Fenway Park in an 8-3 New York win.
Jun 3, 1921 - Playing under the name Lou Lewis Lou Gehrig makes his professional debut at first base for the Hartford Senators. The 17-year-old Lou is 0-for-3 as Hartford loses to the Pittsfield Hillies 2-1. He'll get his first hit-a triple-in tomorrow's 5-3 win over the Waterbury Brasscos and then play just 10 more games.
Apr 5, 1921 - In an exhibition game against the Hartford Senators Columbia University's Lou Gehrig is 2-for-2 with two tremendous homers. Hartford wins 4-3 and will later sign Lou for what will be a 12-game stint with the team.
Jun 26, 1920 - Lou Gehrig gets his first national mention when as a high school junior for New York City's School of Commerce he steals the show in a high school championship game against Lane Tech in Chicago. His grand-slam HR in the 8th gives the NY team a 12-8 victory. Scouts sit with open mouths as the ball sails out of Cubs Park (later known as Wrigley Field).
Oct 9, 1919 - Lefty Williams gets one man out in the first before departing. The Reds lead 4-0 and go on to give Hod Eller a 10-5 victory and the Reds the world title in 8 games. Joe Jackson hits the only HR of the Series. Eddie Collins' 3 hits give him a total of 42 in WS play a record broken in 1930 by Frank Frisch and bettered by Lou Gehrig in 1938. A SB by Collins is his 14th in WS competition a record tied by Lou Brock in 1968.