Lou Gehrig Hero
Biographical Info • Born Henry Louis "Lou" (or) "Buster" Gehrig on June 19, 1903 Yorkville, New York City, New York . • Father was an alcoholic and mother was a maid. • Attended PS 132 in Manhattan for High school • Played 17 seasons with the NYY • Died at the age of a disease later to be named after him on June 2, 1941.
Personal Characteristics • Hard and Dedicated worker. • Very Smart, Studied College at Columbia • Very Strong, Hit a ball completely out of Cubs Park (Later renamed Wrigley Field) at the age of 17. • Brave, ALS
Why he’s a Hero • For New Yorkers, his many accolades, awards, and records. • He inspired a nation whenever ALS took over his body and the way he handled something so terrible. • The path he laid out for millions of ballplayers and lower/middle class children showing that no matter where your from, it is possible to achieve your dreams.
Impact • Millions of dollars are raised for the most deadly disease in the world. • Plenty of Celebrities have helped raise awareness of this life killing disease. (Jason Alexander heads one group right now) Baseball 2,130 consecutive games played only broken by one man (Cal Ripken Jr.)