Baseball Hall of Famer Henry Gehrig Debuted 98 Years Ago Today


Henry Louis Gehrig born June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941 was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees (1923–1939). 

His first game was on June 15 1923. Debuted at the age of 20, Henry was known for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability which earned him is nickname “The Iron Horse” 

He was an All-Star seven consecutive times,a Triple Crown winner once, an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player twice and a member of six World Series champion teams. 

He had a career .340 batting average, .632 slugging average, and a .447 on base average. He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in. 

He still has the highest ratio of runs scored plus runs batted in per 100 plate appearances and per 100 games among Hall of Fame players. 

In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number retired by a team.