Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig
Known as the "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig {1903-1941} played first base for his hometown New York Yankees and set records for both successive games {2,130} and career grand slams {23}. Even after Gehrig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a rare degenerative disease, he never lost the can-do spirit that had inspired so many. Gehrig bid farewell to his fans from the field at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, declaring, "I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have an awful lot to live for."

Close Up: This is one of 20 portraits that illustrator Joseph Saffold painted for the Legends of Baseball pane. The stamps, created from Saffold's original paintings, look like vintage baseball trading cards, with black name bands and rounded corners. You can read more about Saffold's artwork on the Sports Gallery Page.
Joseph Saffold
Phil Jordan
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