The Luckiest Man onthe Face of the Earth

It was 80 years ago, on May 2, 1939, when Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig, Jr, (1903-1941) (Figure), the legendary baseball player, took himself out of the New York Yankees lineup, unable to perform well due to progressive motor weakness. Thus ended Gehrig’s 2,130 consecutive game playing streak, which had begun on June 1, 1925.

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