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Gehrig's consecutive game streak (2,130) ends

Updated: May 1, 2001, 11:06 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 2, 1939

Lou Gehrig's amazing streak of playing in 2,130 consecutive games ends. With his batting average an unhealthy .143 (4-for-28) after eight games, Gehrig, suffering from an unexplained weakness and sluggishness, removes himself from the Yankees' lineup before today's game in Detroit.

The 35-year-old Iron Horse tells manager Joe McCarthy that he thinks it would be best for the team if somebody else played first base.

"I haven't been a bit of good to the ...

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