Louis Gehrig (Lou Gehrig)

by Razan Mourad
(Bekaa/Lebanon)

Lou Gehrig’s parents are immigrants from Germany who are poor and live in New York.

Lou Gehrig was born June 19, 1903 in the Yorkville section of New York.
Where this year had great beginnings.
In eight years of grade school, Lou hasn’t missed a day of school, but he enjoyed sports where his mother, Christina Gehrig, thought it was a waste of time.
In high school, Lou was a star on his baseball team.
Then when he went to Colombia University, he was on the baseball team there, too.
And one day, when there was a match, a scout of New York’s Yankees (a famous baseball team in New York) watched Lou play, and they liked him and offered him 1,500 $ to sign up for their team plus a good salary.
Lou thought of his family, so he quit collage and signed up for the Yankees. His mother was furious.
He was a star. He was so famous and everyone knew him as a modest man, and everyone knew him for his sportsmanship.
Suddenly, on 1927, Lou Gehrig stopped hitting, he couldn’t field anymore!
Everyone was shocked, including Lou- so he took extra batting practice, he exercised more, and he even tried to change the way he stood and held the bat, too bad, his playing was even worse.
Lou benched himself for the good of the team.
Finally, it was too dangerous, Lou went to therapists to talk about what he’s going through, he wanted to know what he’s suffering from. But they didn’t answer.
On his thirty-sixth birthday, they told his wife he was suffering from a fatal deadly disease that affects the nervous system- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Lou stayed in the team but he didn’t play. After he quit...
On July 14, 1939, was Lu Gehrig Appreciation Day where he said a courageous speech.
....But on Monday, June 2, 1941, just about 10 o’clock at night Lou Gehrig died at the age of thirty-seven.

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