Film of Babe Ruth facing Walter Johnson is enough to get any self-respecting baseball nerd drooling. But this restored 1925 newsreel features something that pushes it into the realm of history: footage of Lou Gehrig during the very first game of his consecutive-games streak.
I saw this dude on my subway ride to work today and asked if I could photograph the artwork on his arms. Every piece was about New York.
Reader Mike wrote in to ask, "Did Sports Illustrated publish a picture of Lou Gehrig with his balls visible?" because those are the kind of questions we get. Your answer, Mike: I don't know. But it's not for a lack of research.
See that guy over there? That's James "Deacon" White. He played mostly third base and catcher, and had a .740 career OPS. His best years came in the Ulysses S. Grant administration. He's the only baseball player entering the Hall of Fame this year.
A Minnesota state legislator will introduce a bill on Monday that would permit the Mayo Clinic to release the medical records of Yankees great Lou Gehrig for medical review.
The drumbeat to address concussions in football just grew a little louder, with a new study that links brain trauma to a very ALS-like disease. Lou Gehrig himself may have contracted his namesake disease that very way.