Lou Gehrig

by Jack Ol 01 Jun,2018
Lou Gehrig

Henry Louis Gehrig or famously known as Lou Gehrig was an American baseball first baseman who played his entire career for Major League Baseball team, New York Yankees. He made his MLB debut in 1923 and played until 1939.

Gehrig was named in the baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. He died at the young age of 37 due to ALS in 1941.

Lou Gehrig’s Net worth and Salary

A talented and Baseball legend, Lou Gehrig has accumulated huge earnings over the course of his playing career.

His net worth is not known as he passed away almost 8 decades earlier. However, it was released by some source that his annual salary he received from the New York Yankees in 1937 was around $39,000 and $35,000 in 1938.

Lou Gehrig SOURCE: New World Encyclopedia

He was the highest-paid MLB player of that time. He is reported to have made $361,500 in earnings from his salary in his MLB career.

So it can assume that his net worth could be in the range of $ 450,000 to $ 500,000.

Lou Gehrig’s Wife and Married Life (Family and Children)

Lou was married to his wife, Eleanor Gehrig. The couple tied the knot in 1933. Born in Chicago in a reputed family, his wife first met him in Comiskey Park and married him after a long-distance courtship. After Lou's death, Eleanor often visited Yankee Stadium with Babe Ruth's wife to attend old-timers' games or the World Series.

Lou Gehrig and his wife Eleanor Gehrig SOURCE: Lou Gehrig

Eleanor lived alone in her house in Manhattan's East Side since  Lou's death on June 2, 1941.

The legendary Gehrig stood at a height of 6 feet and weighs around 91 kg,

Lou Gehrig’s Early Life and Family

Lou Gehrig is of American nationality. He was born on June 19, 1903, in Yorkville, Manhattan, New York, United States of America. His parents were German immigrants. His mother, Christina, and father, Heinrich  Gehrig moved to the US before Lou was born.

Lou came from a poor family. He was the only that survived out the four children given birth by the Gehrig couple.  But it did not lead him to get in his way to show his talent at sports. He proved to be a great athlete in his early age and was a fine player in football and baseball.

He attended  Columbia University and studied engineering and played fullback on the college football team.

Lou Gehrig’s Professional Career

He signed his professional contract with the American Major League Baseball team, New York Yankees that also includes $ 1,500 as a signing bonus in June 1923.

Lou Gehrig was a great player in the Yankees team lineup. He along with the Baseball icon, Babe Ruth formed a formidable power-hitting combination. He was nicknamed the Iron Horse and won the home baseball prestigious Triple Crown with a record of 49 home runs, .363 average, and collected 165 RBI. 

Lou later retired on July 4, 1939, saying goodbye in front of several thousand people at the Yankee Stadium. He also had set the Yankees' all-time hitting record which was broken by Derek Jeter in 2009. He also had the record for RBIs in American League which was later broken by Alex Rodriguez.

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Lou Gehrig’s Later years

Following his retirement, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and in his honor, Yankees retired Gehrig's uniform, making only Baseball players receive such honor.

He was later appointed to a decade-long term as a  New York City Parole Commissioner but by 1941, his health significantly deteriorated. On June 2, 1941, he died in his sleep in his residence in New York City at 10: 10 pm.


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