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On this day in 1933, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig played in his 1,308th consecutive game, breaking former Yankee Everett Scott’s record for consecutive games played. Gehrig would go on to play in 2,130 games in a row, a record that would stand for over 50 years. Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Gehrig’s record on September 6, 1995 against the Anaheim Angels when Ripken played in consecutive game number 2,131. He would go on to play in 2,632 consecutive games.
Gehrig set his record against the Browns in St. Louis more than eight seasons after the streak began on June 1, 1925. He was honored during the game as AL President William Harridge presented Gehrig with a silver trophy. The Yankees lost that game 7-6 in 10 innings, despite home runs from Babe Ruth and Bill Dickey.
Looking at his career, Gehrig’s offensive numbers were nearly as remarkable as his consecutive games streak. He led the American League in RBIs five times and drove in at least 100 runs 13 years in a row. He led the AL in home runs three times, runs four times and in hitting once.
Gehrig batted cleanup, right after Babe Ruth. It was Gehrig who was named American League MVP in 1927, on a Yankee team many now consider as the greatest team in baseball history. He won the award again in 1936, another championship year for the Yankees. In total, Gehrig helped the Yankees to six World Series titles.
In 1938 Gehrig’s batting average dropped below .300 for the first time in his career. He started to experience some sort of chronic illness that was affecting his energy and strength. Initially, doctors struggled to diagnose him and Gehrig was forced to take himself out of many games. He was eventually diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disease now often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He retired and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. He passed away two years later.
BEST OF MAXIM
Signed earlier in the day, Mark Reynolds delivered at the plate for the Yankees on Friday.
Reynolds, 30, had gone homeless over the final 22 games he spent with the Cleveland Indians. That was all put to the wayside as Reynolds hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat against Boston starter Felix Doubront.
Later in the game Reynolds added an RBI single.
While Reynolds may not hit...
When asked if shortstop Derek Jeter will rejoin the New York Yankees' lineup by Sunday night, manager Joe Girardi told reporters -- including Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York -- that he "wouldn't think so." The skipper also wasn't willing to commit that Jeter will be available in time to be activated next week, as he continues to recover from the calf ailment...
‘If I’m going down, so are others’, seems to have been Alex Rodriguez’s frame of mind when he reportedly had his boys purchase documents implicating Brewers slugger Ryan Braun and Yankees teammate Francisco Cervelliand, then had them leaked after of a story came out in the Miami New Times about Rodriguez’s own PED misdeeds.
These are some serious allegations.
A-Rod's new lawyer tells NY Times that team told doctor operating on him to make sure he never gets on the field again. Yanks deny charge.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 17, 2013
A-Rod lawyer: Yanks prez Randy Levine told doc operating on him: "I don't ever want to see him on the field again." Crazy allegation.
It's an A-bomb for A-Rod -- and his attorney! Joseph Tacopina, one of Alex Rodriguez's attorneys, started a new war with the Yankees -- or maybe just continued the current war -- when he unleashed some pretty strong accusations against the team, and against Major League Baseball. Here's a link to the New York Times article with the accusations. And here's what I think...
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Alfonso Soriano goes back to being mortal.
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Rodriguez fielded queries about the latest accusations against him, a 60 Minutes report that he implicated teammate Francisco Cervelli and Brewers star Ryan Braun in MLB’s Biogenesis investigation. But he also was...
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Despite having not recorded a win since July 12 and not faring all that well in his last outing against the Bronx Bombers...
''60 Minutes'' is reporting that members of Alex Rodriguez's
inner circle obtained and leaked documents that implicated Ryan
Braun and other players in using performance-enhancing drugs.