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Again he was sent to Hartford to get more experience. And again, the Yankees called him back in September. He hit six hits in twelve times at the bat before that baseball season ended. Lou Gehrig began to play first base for the Yankees regularly in early June of nineteen twenty-five. He played well that day and for the two weeks that followed. Then Gehrig was hit in the head by a throw to second base. He should have left the game. But he refused to. He thought that if he left, he never again would have a chance to play regularly.

Gehrig continued to improve as a player.

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By Nineteen twenty-seven, pitchers for opposing teams were having bad dreams about Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Ruth hit sixty home runs that year.

Nobody was surprised when the Yankees won the World Series. Gehrig, however, almost did not play.

His mother had to have an operation. He felt he should be with her. Gehrig and the Yankees' manager urged him to play in the World Series. His mother recovered. More major threats to Gehrig's record of continuous games played took place in nineteen twenty-nine. His back, legs and hands were injured. He was hit on the head by a throw one day as he tried to reach home plate. Another Yankee player said: "Every time he played, it hurt him. Gehrig felt good in nineteen thirty. He said his secret was getting ten hours of sleep each night and drinking a large amount of water.

Lou Gehrig now was becoming one of the greatest players in baseball history. He hit three home runs in the World Series of nineteen thirty-two. His batting average was five-twenty-nine. The manager of an opposing team, the Chicago Cubs, said of Gehrig: "I did not think a player could be that good. In nineteen thirty-three, Gehrig married Eleanor Twitchell.

Eleanor helped him take his place as one of baseball's most famous players. The younger Lou Gehrig had stayed away from strangers when he could.

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The married Lou Gehrig was much more friendly. As time went on, Gehrig played in game after game. He appeared not to have thought about his record number of continuous games played until a newspaper reporter talked to him about it. An accident during a special game played in Virginia almost broke the record.

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Gehrig was taken to a hospital after being hit in the head with a pitch. He played the next day, though. He just wore a bigger hat so people could not see his injury. Gehrig completed his two-thousandth game on May thirty-first, Nineteen thirty-eight. That was almost two times as many continuous games as anyone ever had played before.

Gehrig finished that season with a batting average of almost three hundred. He scored one hundred fifteen runs. He batted in almost as many runs. But the Lou Gehrig of that year was not the Lou Gehrig of earlier years. He walked and ran like an old man.

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He had trouble with easy catches and throws. Yet his manager commented: "Everybody is asking what is wrong with Gehrig. I wish I had more players on this club doing as poorly as he is doing. Gehrig thought his problems were temporary. Then he fell several times the next winter while ice skating with Eleanor. He had trouble holding onto things. And he failed to hit in three games as the next season opened.


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In May, nineteen thirty-nine, he finally told his manager he could not play. Lou Gehrig had played in two thousand one hundred thirty games without missing any that his team played. Gehrig observed his thirty-sixth birthday on June nineteenth. That same day, doctors told him he had a deadly disease that attacks the muscles in the body. The disease is called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Today, it is known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

On July fourth, nineteen thirty-nine, more than sixty thousand people went to Yankee Stadium to honor one of America's greatest baseball players. Gehrig told the crowd he still felt he was lucky. Williams, whose pitching-poor teams were annually drubbed by the powerful Yankees, never again got close to postseason play. He retired in , and though he might have lost some bat speed toward the end of his career, his pride remained fully intact. For that season, having slumped to a.

Some of those extended to his personal life, as well. Williams had three broken marriages--to Doris Soule , Lee Howard and Dolores Wettach --and longtime companion Louise Kaufman died in Controversy was a constant companion during his playing days too. For two decades, Williams was usually the biggest story in Boston, a town with nine daily newspapers. Fighting for circulation and exclusives with the abandon of the London tabloids covering the royal family, they found as many things wrong as right with the dominant hitter of his time.

Gordon hit. In , his second Triple Crown season, Williams had a better average,. Then they started writing personal things. He campaigned successfully to have writers banned from the clubhouse before games. And to spite the local writers, Williams would occasionally grant lengthy interviews to writers from small papers outside of Boston while ignoring the local reporters. As introverted as DiMaggio but, in the estimate of his pals, warmer-hearted, Williams was thin-skinned and often belligerent when crossed. Ted was outspoken, and he made some public relations mistakes.

He was burned early, and that was partially his fault, but he had hard feelings toward [the media] and those never went away. Disgusted by a home crowd that jeered and cheered him in the same inning of a game against the Yankees in , Williams ran back to the dugout spitting toward the left-field and right-field stands. Then, to hammer his point home, he stepped back out of the dugout and spat again. His wars with the Boston fans and media so scarred Williams that he refused to tip his cap after hitting a home run in his final big-league at-bat, in Boston in He hid in the dugout.

Gods do not answer letters. Unless they were from sick kids. The deeper Williams went into retirement, during which he went fishing or played golf or tennis almost daily for more than 30 years until his first stroke in , the more mellow Williams became toward the Boston fans and media. I realized far back I was playing for super-great fans. I had a love affair with them, but I never showed it. Over the last years, Boston was graced by the extraordinary skills of a young Babe Ruth, basketball stars Larry Bird and Bill Russell, and hockey star Bobby Orr, but it was Williams who was named New England sports figure of the century by the Boston Globe in The city also named a tunnel after him.

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