LOU GEHRIG’S CONSECUTIVE GAME STREAK ENDS AT 2,130
The Boston Post
May 3, 1941
Batting poorly and feeling weak, the New York Yankees “Iron Man”asks to be taken out of the lineup after 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood until Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken broke it in 1996. The Sports Page headlines halfway down boldly announce: “Lou Gehrig Ends “Iron Man” Stunt. Asks to Be Benched Because of Poor Hitting—Had Never Missed a Game Since 1925.” The startling report quotes Gehrig as saying, “I made up my mind Sunday night to ask (Manager Joe) McCarthy to bench me….The consecutive game record always was meaningless to me, and now that I have ended it you newspaper guys will believe me….I hope the arrival of warm weather will enable me to hit my stride.” The report ends, “Today’s development was not a surprise in baseball circles because it had been rumored since the Yankees started spring training that Gehrig was fading both at the plate and in the field. The decline started last season when he batted .295, the only time since 1925 he had fallen below the .300 mark.” Sadly, Gehrig would die just two years later at the age of 38 of the disease eventually named for him.
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