Lou Gehrig, AL MVP

On October 11, 1927, Lou Gehrig was chosen by the Baseball Writers Association as the American League’s Most Valuable Player.

The Yankee first baseman played in 155 games, had 218 hits with a .373 batting average and scored 149 runs. He also hit 173 RBIs and 47 home runs. At the time, teammate, Babe Ruth was the only player in baseball to hit more home runs in a single 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 the time, American League players were only eligible for the award once in their career.

Gehrig an outstanding player on the both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. His fielding was was far above average. He also set a good example off the field.

Gehrig played for the Yankees all 17 seasons of his Major League career, hitting 493 home runs. If he could have played into old age rather than having his career hauled prematurely by illness, the batter who often followed Babe Ruth could have shined even brighter than the Sultan of Swat himself.

The league changed the rules in 1931 and made the Most Valuable player award what we know it to be today.

“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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