fullscreen

JUNE 2, 1941: Baseball great Lou Gehrig dies at age 37 from complications from ALS, a disease which would later bear his name. Known as the “Iron Horse” for his durability and skill with the bat, Gehrig played his entire 17-year career with the New York Yankees, where he achieved the “Triple Crown” in 1943 by leading the league in home runs, RBIs, and batting average. Gehrig’s emotional farewell to fellow players and fans at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 — where he proclaimed himself “the luckiest man on the face of the Earth” — remains one of baseball’s most memorable moments.