Henry Louis Gehrig (1903-1941) played 2,130 consecutive games over 15 seasons, from 1925-1939 earning him the nickname “The Iron Horse.” His amazing record of durability and longevity stood for 56 years when Cal Ripken, Jr. broke it in 1995. Yankees sluggers Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth created the most lethal pairing pitchers in the American League during the 1920s and 1930s. Gehrig averaged 139 runs and 148 RBI for 13 consecutive seasons. In 1934, Gehrig captured the Triple Crown, hitting 49 home runs while batting .363 and driving an American League record 184 RBI. Lou Gehrig’s career was cut short when he contracted ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), later familiarly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. During Lou Gehrig’s 17 seasons (1923-1939) with the New York Yankees, he batted .340 with 493 home runs, 2,721 hits and 1,995 RBI. He was selected to 7 All-Star games, was a six-time World Series Champion and the American League Most Valuable Player twice (1927, 1928). Henry Louis Gehrig was unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.