MLB: New York Yankees’ Lou Gehrig One of the Best All-Time
There have been many great baseball players that have played the MLB. Many of them have played for the New York Yankees. One of those players was Lou Gehrig. Gehrig came in while probably the most popular Yankee was there in Babe Ruth. Gehrig was nicknamed the “Iron Horse”. It all started on June 2, 1925, when he replaced Wally Pipp who was suffering from a headache. He played 2,130 consecutive games and he held that record until Cal Ripken Jr. broke it on September 6, 1995.
It must be great for a single player to set the record for most games played in a row. He played his entire career with the New York Yankees. During the streak, the position that he played most was first base. The Yankees had four different managers during Gehrig’s streak. It took place in 10 different ballparks.
Lou Gehrig was a great hitter as well. His OPS is 1.080 which ranks third only behind Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. There are only eight players with 1,000 plate appearances with an OPS that high.
The other five are Barry Bonds, Mike Trout, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Rogers Hornsby. Gehrig was an RBI machine three times in his career he had the highest RBI totals in MLB. In 1931 he had 185, in 1927 and 1930 he had 173. Those RBIs help the Yankees get wins. He hit 23 grand slams over his career that record he held until Alex Rodriguez broke it in 2013. Gehrig tallied at least 400 total bases in five different seasons peaking at 447 in 1927. There have only been six players in MLB history that have recorded 400 bases in their career.
In 1934 Lou Gehrig led the majors in homers with 49 and only had 31 strikeouts in 690 plate appearances. That leads to just 1.6 times as many homers as strikeouts. Overall, he was a great offensive player. At the end of his career, his batting average was. 340 with a .632 slugging percentage. Those stand strong amongst the greatest of MLB.
He also hit during the postseason his batting average was .371 with a .731 slugging percentage. It led to the Yankees winning six or seven World Series that Gehrig played in. He played in 34 World Series games which is a tie for 24th all-time. Gehrig led the AL and most of the majors in all offensive categories. Which makes him one of the greats to ever put a baseball uniform. Whether you hated the Yankees no one hated Lou Gehrig.
Gehrig’s career came to end on July 4, 1939, when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. With the symptoms from it, he could never play baseball again. Gehrig made one of the best speeches in all of the sports. It took place at Yankee Stadium. He said in the speech that he was one of the luckiest men on the face of the earth.
In my opinion, he is one of the best players in MLB history. Babe Ruth was not his biggest fan but learned how to deal with him after they started winning World Series. It was a shame that he got multiple sclerosis because we would have never known what his numbers could have been.
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