Lou Gehrig played first base for the New York Yankees for 17 seasons. He attended Columbia University until he signed with the Yankees, in 1929. A powerful athlete, Gehrig set many Major League Baseball (MLB) records during his career, including most career grand slams. He was twice named MVP of the American League and was the first MLB player to have his number retired.
Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS in 1939, after experiencing weakness and changes in his game performance. With this diagnosis, he retired from baseball.
Gehrig died in 1941, at the age of 37.