[ (ger-ig) ]
A baseball player of the early twentieth century. A teammate of Babe Ruth, Gehrig set a record for the major leagues, not broken until 1999, by playing in over two thousand consecutive games.
While still in his thirties, Gehrig died from a rare disease of the nerves, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, that has become commonly known as “Lou Gehrig's disease.”
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