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My All-Time Baseball Team

First Base: Lou Gehrig

1923-1939, all with the New York Yankees

.340 career batting average

493 lifetime home runs

1,995 career runs batted in (rbi)

7 all-star appearances

6 world championships

Twice named American League MVP

Triple crown winner in 1934

Only player ever to record at least 500 rbi in any three consecutive seasons

13 consecutive seasons with at least 100 rbi’s

Most seasons ever with at least 400 total bases (five)

Diagnosed in 1939 with ALS and retired immediately

Affects of illness before diagnosis forced Gehrig to bench himself because of poor play, ending his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played (a record broken by Cal Ripken in 1995)

Games played streak earned him the nickname, “The Iron Horse”

Gave the famous, “Luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech at Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939

Died on June 2, 1941 at age 37 from ALS

Honorable Mention: Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Johnny Mize, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Cap Anson, Dan Brouthers, Albert Pujols, Frank Thomas, Eddie Murray, Miguel Cabrera

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Author: Whipped Owl

Writer Musician Historian Sportsman Loner

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