Henry Louis Gehrig was born June 19, 1903 in New York. His parents, who were immigrants from Germany, often felt the struggles of providing for their only surviving son. Gehrig’s mother worked tirelessly to make sure her son had a better life in America. She encouraged him to attend college, and in 1921 Gehrig began his college career at Columbia where he received a football scholarship. Gehrig was spotted by the New York Giants baseball manager, John McGraw, the summer before he started school at Columbia. McGraw persuaded Gehrig to play professional baseball in a summer league under a different name even though it was illegal at the time. Gehrig was eventually discovered to be playing in the summer league after partaking in numerous games. As a result, he was unable to be a part of any college sports his freshman year (RVWfoundation, 2011).
After his probationary period away from sports, Gehrig was able to play football as a fullback and baseball as a pitcher his sophomore year at Columbia. Gehrig showed strong skills as a hitter in baseball, and he was scouted by the Yankees in 1923. He began playing for their minor league team and was soon asked to play on their major league team, becoming a full-time player for the Yankees in 1925 (RVWfoundation, 2011).
Gehrig was among one of the greatest to ever play the game of baseball. He played alongside powerful names such as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. Gehrig was often referred to as the “iron horse” and impressed everyone with his statistics in the game. Some of his impressive statistics include averaging 147 RBIs per season holding an all time record of 184 RBIs in 1931, winning the Most Valuable Player award twice, winner of a Triple Crown, holding the re...
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