The Life of Lou Gehrig Hall of Fame baseball player Lou Gehrig was born in New York City in 1903. A standout football and baseball player, Gehrig signed his first contract with the New York Yankees in April 1923. Over the next 15 years he led the team to six World Series titles and set the mark for most consecutive games played. He retired in 1939 after getting diagnosed with ALS. Gehrig passed away from the disease in 1941. Childhood Henry Louis Gehrig was born in the Yorkville section of Manhattan in New York City, on June 19, 1903. His parents, Heinrich and Christina Gehrig, were German immigrants who'd moved to their new country just a few years before their son's birth. The only one of the four Gehrig children to survive infancy, Lou faced a childhood that was shaped by poverty. A devoted parent, Gehrig’s mother pushed hard for her son to get a good education and got behind her son's athletic pursuits, which were many. From an early age, Gehrig showed himself to be a gifted athlete, excelling in both football and baseball. After graduating from high school, Gehrig enrolled at Columbia University. He made the school's baseball team, pitching solidly for the club and earning the nickname Columbia Lou from adoring fans. Gehrig's batting skills appealed to the New York Yankees, who in April 1923, the same year Yankee Stadium first opened, signed Gehrig to his first professional contract. The deal included a $1,500 signing bonus, a fantastic sum for Gehrig and his family, which allowed him to move his parents to the suburbs and, more importantly, play baseball full-time. Major Leagues Career Just two months after signing the contract, in June 1923, Gehrig debuted as a Yankee. By the following season, Gehrig was inserted into the lineup to replace the team's aging first baseman. This lineup change set in motion a streak in which Gehrig established a Major League Baseball record by playing in 2,130 consecutive games. Gehrig became an offensive force in an already potent lineup. He and his teammate Babe Ruth formed an unmatched power-hitting tandem. Gehrig’s hardworking nature and ability to play through incredible pain certainly earned their respect, and earned him the nickname "The Iron Horse." Yankee fans, meanwhile, were thankful just to have him in the lineup. His Hall of Fame career saw him score 100 runs and knock in at least that many in 13 consecutive seasons. In 1931, he set an American League record by clubbing 184 RBIs; three years later, he took home baseball's coveted Triple Crown by leading the league in home runs (49), average (.363) and RBIs (165). That same year he became the first player to hit four home runs in a single game. In the World Series, Gehrig was equally impressive, batting .361 over the course of his career, while leading the club to six championships. Illness and Retirement In 1939, after getting off to a horrid start to the baseball season, Gehrig checked himself into the Mayo Clinic, where after a series of tests, doctors informed him that he was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a devastating disease that strips nerve cells of their ability to interact with the body's muscles. His diagnosis with the disease helped put the spotlight on the condition, and in the years since Gehrig's passing, it has come to be known popularly as "Lou Gehrig's disease." On May 2, 1939, Gehrig's ironman streak came to an end when he voluntarily took himself out of the lineup. Not long after, Gehrig retired from baseball. Following Gehrig's retirement, Major League Baseball circumvented its own rules and immediately inducted the former Yankee into its Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In addition, the Yankees retired Gehrig's uniform, making him the first baseball player ever to receive that honor. Article Sources: Kashatus, William C. Lou Gehrig: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004. Print A&E Networks. "Lou Gehrig Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, 2013. Web. 29 Nov. 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/lou-gehrig-9308266>. MINI INFORMATIONAL ESSAY DIRECTIONS: Please construct an essay that contains the 3 aspects of the informational essay (i.e. Thesis, Body, and Conclusion). However, instead of the essay being an extensive researched expository paper, for this essay, simply write a one sentence thesis, two body paragraphs containing what you think are the most important points of the “The Life of Lou Gehrig” article, and a conclusion. Please complete this mini essay as homework for tomorrow’s class, Dec. 13. Refer to Rubric below to see how your essay will be graded. EXPECTATIONS: Excellent (100-87) Proficient (86-78) Needs Improvement (77 and below) Informative Essay The essay presents an objective, detailed, formal, and engaging tone. The writer uses elevated, sophisticated language and vocabulary to convey the information. The essay demonstrates standard proper English grammar mechanics in its structure, and attends to the norms of the MLA writing discipline. The essay presents a formal and objective tone. The writer uses relevant language and vocabulary to convey the information. The essay demonstrates standard proper English grammar mechanics in its structure, and attends to the norms of the MLA writing discipline. The essay presents a limited or inconsistent tone. The writer uses imprecise language, vocabulary, and limited writing techniques. The essay contains multiple inaccuracies in standard English grammar conventions of usage and mechanics, and does not attend to the MLA writing discipline.