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Lou Gehrig was born and raised in New York City the son of German immigrant parents His full name was Henry Louis Gehrig After graduating from high school he attended Columbia University where he became a football and baseball star Lous father directed him to becoming a pro baseball player He became sick and needed on operation but there was no money for doctors and hospital expenses in the family budget so young Lou quickly capitalized on his baseball skills He accepted an offer from a scout to sign a contract with the New York Yankees for 1500 in cash as a bonus Lou dropped out of college to play in the minor leagues and gain some experience until the Yankees needed him Gehrig was 22 when he became a big league rookie He sat on the bench until one day in June in the 1925 season when he finally broke into the Yankees line up as a first baseman It happened because the teams veteran first baseman couldnt play because of a sever headache He stayed first baseman for fourteen seasons five thousand eighty-two playing days he played a total of two thousand one hundred and thirty major league games It was a record that will never be broken or even equaled To create that unbelievable endurance feat strong and powerful Lou Gehrig nicknamed The Iron Horse played in every one of the two thousand one hundred and thirty consecutive games even though he was beaned three times had fingers broken ten times suffered fractured toes torn muscles a wrenched shoulder a back injury chipped elbows and the pain of several lumbago attacks Yet in every contest of that incredibly long playing period he played with all the enthusiasm of a kid breaking into the big leagues During that streak of 2130 consecutive games The Iron Horse performed
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