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.