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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Gehrig dies exactly 16 years after starting at 1B
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

June 2, 1925

Lou Gehrig replaces regular first baseman Wally Pipp in the Yankees' lineup. Batting sixth, he gets two singles and a double in his first three at-bats as the Yankees beat the Senators, 8-5. Nobody knows it, but not until 1939 will Gehrig miss another game.

Gehrig will play in a record 2,130 consecutive games. Today's game is the second in the streak as he pinch-hit yesterday.

June 2, 1941

Exactly 16 years to the day after he became the regular first baseman, the Iron Horse dies of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a rare disease that will soon bear his name. The disease was chronic, and for the last month Gehrig had been confined to his home in Riverdale, N.Y.

Until his illness became more serious Gehrig went to his office regularly to perform his duties as a member of the New York City Parole Commission, a post he has held for a year and a half following his retirement from baseball.

Lou Gehrig was 37.

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