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         Gehrig Lou:     more books (61)
  1. The Life of Lou Gehrig: Told by a Fan by Sara K. Brunsvold, 2006-02
  2. Lou Gehrig: A Life of Dedication (Pull Ahead Books) by Jennifer Boothroyd, 2007-12-15
  3. Lou Gehrig (Sports Heroes and Legends) by Kevin Viola, 2004-10
  4. Lou Gehrig Pbk (Easy Biographies) by Brandt, 1997-02-01
  5. Lou Gehrig : Sports Superstars Series by Richard Rambeck, 1994-01
  6. Lou Gehrig, Courageous Star (Putnam Sport Shelf) by Robert Rubin, 1979-06
  7. Buck Leonard: The Black Lou Gehrig : The Hall of Famer's Story in His Own Words by Buck Leonard, James A. Riley, 1995-02
  8. Gehrig, Lou (1903-1941): An entry from SJP's <i>St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture</i> by Nathan R. Meyer, 2000
  9. Lou Gehrig - The Iron Horse (Biography) by Biographiq, 2008-02-19
  10. Lou Gehrig (Scholastic Collectors Book, Volume 5) by Bill Morgan, 1995
  11. Phillies Wives Strikeout Against ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Thursday, July 27, 1989: Autograph Party and Auction Program by Philadelphia Phillies, 1989
  12. Lou Gehrig: An entry from Gale's <i>Notable Sports Figures</i> by Julia Bauder, 2004
  13. Lou Gehrig (Classic Sport Shots, Collector's Book 5) by Bill Morgan, 1993-04
  14. Lou Gehrig: The Story of a Great Man by Carol Birch, 2002-12-15

41. Lou Gehrig :: The Official Web Site
Official Lou Gehrig site, includes biography, photos and more
Of all the players in baseball history, none possessed as much talent and humility as Lou Gehrig. His accomplishments on the field made him an authentic American hero, and his tragic early death made him a legend.
Gehrig's later glory came from humble beginnings. He was born on June 19, 1903 in New York City. The son of German immigrants, Gehrig was the only one of four children to survive. His mother, Christina, worked tirelessly, cooking, cleaning houses and taking in laundry to make ends meet. His father, Heinrich, often had trouble finding work and had poor health.
From Columbia to Yankee Stadium
Christina was adamant that Gehrig receive a good education, so in 1921 he went to Columbia on a football scholarship to pursue a degree in engineering. Before his first semester began, New York Giants manager John McGraw advised him to play summer professional baseball under an assumed name, Henry Lewis. "Everyone does it," McGraw explained, even though the illegal ball playing could have jeopardized Gehrig's collegiate sports career. Gehrig was discovered after playing a dozen games for Hartford in the Eastern League. As a result, he was banned from intercollegiate sports during his freshman year.
Gehrig returned to sports as a fullback at Columbia during the 1922 football season, and then pitched and played first base for the Columbia Nine in 1923. When baseball scout Paul Krichell saw the Columbia baseball team play, Gehrig's hitting skills impressed him so much that he signed Gehrig to the Yankees in 1923 with a $1,500 bonus. Gehrig left Columbia and returned to the Hartford team, where he hit .304 that season. When he was called up to the majors in September, he hit .423 in 26 at-bats.

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