"Henry Louis "Lou" or "Buster" Gehrig (Born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig; June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941) was an American baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1923 through 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, a trait that earned him his 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 (RBI). In 1939, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was the first MLB player to have his uniform number (4) retired by a team."
Henry Louis Gehrig was the son of Heinrich (Henry) and Christina Facke (or Fack or Foch) Gehrig. He was born in New York City in 1903. 
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He had muscle spasms and broken bones even the occasional sickness and still played in 2,130 consecutive games. 13 seasons worth of playing brought 100 runs and 100 RBI. His average of .361 in 7 world series got the Yankees 6 titles. He felt like missing a game would be letting everyone down so he did not miss a game. He was called the Iron Horse. He is quoted as saying "I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. And I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for."
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