By The Numbers: Celebrating Lou Gehrig

Photo Credit: Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images

Photo Credit: Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images



In honor of the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig‘s farewell speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, here are some of my favorite stats and nuggets from Gehrig’s career.

• Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games from June 1, 1925 to April 30, 1939, compiling 2,700 hits, 527 doubles, 492 homers, and 1,978 RBI in 7,940 at-bats – all of which were by far the most of any player in that span.

• He put together an incredible .340/.448/.633 line over those 2,130 games, and each of those stats ranked among the top three in the majors in that span (min. 4,000 AB).

• Was Gehrig the best all-around hitter ever? He is the only player in major-league history with at least 500 doubles, 150 triples and 490 home runs in a career.

• Gehrig is the only player in baseball history to have a season with at least 40 homers, 170 RBI and an on-base percentage of at least .470… and he did it twice (1927, 1930)!

• During the prime of his career, spanning the 1925-38 seasons, Gehrig accumulated 112.0 WAR. That is by the most of any player in that 14-season span, and 26 wins more than any other player (Babe Ruth was second with 86.0).

• Gehrig posted an OPS above 1.000 in each season from 1927-37. His 11 consecutive seasons with an OPS of 1.000 or more is the longest streak all-time, and three more seasons than the next player on the list (Ruth).

• He scored at least 100 runs and drove in at least 100 runs in 13 straight seasons from 1926-38, the longest streak of 100-run, 100-RBI seasons in MLB history.

• In the 1928 World Series, he hit .545/.706/1.727 with four home runs in 17 plate appearances during the Yankees four-game sweep. His slugging percentage (1.727) and OPS (2.433) are both the highest of any player in a single World Series (min. 15 PA). He is the only player in baseball history with a batting average of at least .500 and four homers in a single World Series.

• Gehrig also hit .529/.600/1.118 with three home runs in 20 plate appearances in the 1932 World Series, another four-game sweep by the Yankees. He is the only player in major-league history to hit at least .500 in two different World Series (min. 15 PA).

• Gehrig was the first player in the sport to have his number retired, which the Yankees did following his retirement from baseball in 1939. He is the only Yankee ever to wear the number 4, having been issued it in 1929 when the franchise first put numbers on jerseys.

Former ESPN researcher; forever baseball and Yankees fan. Now living in northern Vermont and the color of the front door of our house is Yankee blue. Also write about college football and basketball and the NFL. Bleed Huskies blue (that's UConn, of course).