The Yankee first baseman participated in 155 games, accumulated 218 hits for a .373 batting average and scored 149 runs. To cap it off he hit 173 RBIs and 47 home runs. At the time, teammate, Babe Ruth was the only player in baseball to hit more than 47 home runs in a given season.
Ruth hit 60 home runs in 1927 and maintained a .356 batting average. While his stats were among the best in baseball he was ineligible for the award. At its American League initiation in 1922, players were only able to receive the award once in their career.
Not only was Gehrig an outstanding player on the offensive side, his fielding was was far above average and he set a good example off the field.
Gehrig played for the Yankees all 17 seasons of his Major League career, totaling 493 home runs. If he could have played into old age rather than being stopped by illness, the batter who often followed Babe Ruth in the batting order could have shined even brighter than the Sultan of Swat himself.
The league changed the rules and made the Most Valuable player award what we know it to be today in 1931.
“In the beginning I used to make one terrible play a game. Then I got so I’d make one a week and finally I’d pull a bad one about once a month. Now, I’m trying to keep it down to one a season.” Lou Gehrig
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