GREAT BASEBALL NICKNAMES: ‘ IRON HORSE’- LOU GEHRIG

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Great Baseball Nicknames- “Iron Horse’- Lou Gehrig. Back when I was growing up I recall a number of magazine articles and discussions on the question- What baseball records will never be broken? One of the ones always mentioned was Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak. Gehrig- the great New York Yankee first baseman played every game from June 1, 1925 to May 2, 1939- a total of 2130 consecutive games. Gehrig got the nickname because of his dependability- his always being in the line-up. While his more famous teammate- Babe Ruth was one of the most colorful figures in American history- let alone just baseball- Gehrig wasn’t very colorful or loud- he just went about his business- until a rare muscle disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis- now called Lou Gehrig’s disease cut him down. On June 5, 1982 Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles began a streak-a streak that would last until September 20, 1998- he not only broke the unbreakable record by the “Iron Horse” he demolished it- finishing with 2632 consecutive games played. Gehrig had other nicknames- his teammates would call him ‘Buster’- a nickname given to him by Babe Ruth- Ruth usually called people ‘Kid’ because he was terrible at remembering names. He was also called ‘Biscuit Pants”- because of his running back’s low center of gravity and ‘Little Joe’- because he wore uniform #4- and a four on the dice was known as a “Little Joe’ in Parcheesi.

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7 responses to “GREAT BASEBALL NICKNAMES: ‘ IRON HORSE’- LOU GEHRIG

  1. Probably was grateful “Iron Horse” won out over “Biscuit Pants”! I doubt Ripken’s streak will ever be broken. While I thought Cal was a bit selfish – he probably should have sat out from time to time when he wasn’t at his best – I admire that attitude of wanting to be there every day. The players who are good consistently for years win me over more than ones who are brilliant for a year or two then fade off.

    • I don’t think Cal’s record will be broken- not because a player couldn’t do it- but because no team is going to let it happen.

    • Yep…few even go 162 for one year anymore. Likewise, innings…I think Wilbur Wood tossed something like 383 one year in 70s…can’ t imagine that been duplicated.

    • The game has changed- I believe the last pitcher to pitch 300 innings in a season was Steve Carlton in the early 80’s…. I wonder what the longest current streak is? It’s probably so short we’d laugh.

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