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Lou Gehrig - Baseball's Iron Horse & The 1937 Campaign

Updated: Feb 19, 2022


(picture contributed by mancavepictures.com)


It seemed Lou Gehrig, who would become the legendary "Iron Horse" of baseball for playing in 2,130 consecutive games, was at the pinnacle of his career in 1937. Just the year before (1936), Gehrig was named the American League's Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Lou had led the league in 8 offensive categories his MVP season including 49 home runs, 167 runs scored and a league leading bases on balls with 130, while having appeared in 157 games that year. Gehrig's dominance continued in 1937 when he slugged 37 round-trippers, batted in 158 runs and carried a .351 batting average for the season. Adding to these impressive stats, were Lou's 9 triples and 39 doubles for the year. He would go on to have another 200-hit season and lead the league in walks with 127 and once again find himself playing in another World Series in the 1937 "Fall Classic", the sixth of his career. It was the Yankees and Giants facing one another in an ALL New York event! And with Gehrig's offensive support, the Yankees claimed another Championship decisively beating the New York Giants 4 games to 1. Baseball's Iron Horse would wind up 4th on the Baseball Writer's ballot for MVP in 1937, but looked forward to the 1938 campaign with his plan to continue terrorizing the American League with his bat in another MVP type year.



(Lou Gehrig baseball career highlights video contributed & shared from YouTube)





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