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We were mighty short of infielders in those days

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
New York Yankees
First Base
a.k.a. "The Iron Horse"

There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
New York Yankees
First Base
a.k.a. "The Iron Horse"

I worked real hard to learn to play first. In the beginning, I used to make one terrible play a game. Then, I got so I'd make one a week, and finally, I'd pull a real bad one maybe once a month. At the end, I was trying to keep it down to one a season.

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
New York Yankees
First Base
a.k.a. "The Iron Horse"

The Babe is one fellow, and I'm another and I could never be exactly like him. I don't try, I just go on as I am in my own right.

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
New York Yankees
First Base
a.k.a. "The Iron Horse"

It's a pretty big shadow. It gives me lots of room to spread myself.

When asked by historian Fred Lieb about playing in Babe Ruth's shadow

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
New York Yankees
First Base
a.k.a. "The Iron Horse"

Late in the game, I scooped up an ordinary ground ball and threw it over to the pitcher, covering first base. It was the same kind of play I had made several hundred times in my big league career, just a routine play. But (teammates) Bill Dickey, Joe Gordon and the pitcher all got around me, slapped me on the back, and said, "Great going, Lou," and "Nice stop, big boy." They meant it to be kind, but it hurt worse than any bawling out I ever received in baseball. They were saying "great stop" because I had fielded a grounder. I decided then and there, I would ask (Manager Joe) McCarthy to take me out of the lineup.

A couple weeks after he played his last game

May 1939
Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
New York Yankees
First Base
a.k.a. "The Iron Horse"

I'm not trying to pretend that ballplayers have any altruistic mission in life. Frankly, we play baseball for a living. It's our job. Yet, I do think we accomplish more than just our own selfish purposes. I do feel we contribute to the spirit of the country and its mental attitude towards life.
I can remember the reactions of a sweet little old lady I happend to meet in a St. Louis railroad station. As we got off the train, a lot of people recognized our players and stopped to stare. This lady touched me on the arm and asked if I knew who all these men were that everyone was looking at.
"Why, yes, lady, those are the Yankees," I said. She said, "The Yankees? What do they do?"
I said they played baseball.
"Is that all?" she said, and when I nodded she said, "Tch, tch, they ought to be ashamed of themselves. Big, strong men like that, playing games. They ought to go to work."
Well, maybe she was right. But it seems to me there's all kinds of work in this world. It would be a dull place if everyone was a salesman, a contractor, or a politician. And how dull it would be without the movies, the theater, the swing bands, even without the funny papers.
I think baseball plays an important part in keeping this country out of trouble that it might otherwise be in. When the public is busy discussing pennant races and speculating on who is going to win the World Series, they don't have to work out their natural instincts for excitement by starting a war.
As long as the country can work up such enthusiasm about a game there's no immediate danger of it having much enthusiasm for much less healthy matters.

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
New York Yankees
First Base
a.k.a. "The Iron Horse"

From "Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig In His Time" by Ray Robinson (1990)

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