On This Day In Baseball History: April 30, 1939

SPORT RIPKEN

 

Yankee great Lou Gehrig goes 0-4 in his final game, a 3-2 loss to the Senators. His final game ends his consecutive games streak at 2,130, it will stand until 1995 when Cal Ripken passes the Iron Horse. At the time Gehrig did not know his lack of strength and energy was due to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) nor could he ever imagined the disease would come to be known by the general public as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gehrig finished his career with a .340 batting average (16th all-time), .447 on-base percentage (5th all-time), .632 slugging percentage (3rd all-time), 1.079 (3rd all-time), 1888 runs scored (12th all-time), 493 home runs (27th all-time), and 1995 rbi (5th all-time). He was the AL MVP in 1927 and 1936 and he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939.

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