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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13 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.

  2. Such records are worthless. It is against our primary human nature to strive for such achievements. Lou Gehrig paid big price for it. I am sure he would rather skip few matches here and there and played few seasons more and then enjoyed life with family.

  3. Of course, that would be too simple. But it contributed to it significantly – he was ignoring his alarms and exhausted his immunity by overstressing the organism. You would need to know something about ALS to understand it. I have gone through the memoirs and analyzed his case. Even those suspected hits into the head contributed. Every injury counts but much more factors are involved. ALS is a very complex syndrome. https://alsexperimentaltheory.com/2021/01/01/iron-horse/

  4. That is right. Speculation. Everything is speculation first. With LG case not much can be proved after 80 years since his death but remember this when, one day, ALS “mystery” will be broken.

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