Lou Gehrig : An American Legend Essay

1561 Words Dec 10th, 2015 7 Pages
Never take the ability to control body and limb movement for granted, because everything can change in the blink of an eye. The only people that know this have suffered from a debilitating disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is a very deadly disease that may be currently affecting 30,000 Americans by damaging motor control in the body. Lou Gehrig was an American legend. Very few baseball players were as good as he was, and even fewer were as humble. He believed in working hard and never giving up; because of his morals, he was a baseball great and the country adored him (“Lou Gehrig: Biography”).
Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903, in New York City. A descendant of German immigrants, Lou was the lone survivor of four children. Christina, his mother, worked as a cook and a maid to pay the bills; the pressure was mostly on her because Lou’s father, Heinrich, had very poor health. This resulted in the family barely making it by, but Christina was determined to make a future for her survivor (“Lou Gehrig: Biography”).
Due to his mother’s wish, Christina, of an excellent education, Lou worked hard to be accepted into a good school. In 1921, Gehrig attended Columbia on a football scholarship, pursuing an engineering degree. Before classes even started, New York Giants manager John McGraw asked Lou to play professional summer baseball. Playing summer ball could jeopardize his college career, so he made a fake name, Henry Lewis. “Henry” was soon discovered and was banned…

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