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Lou Gehrig's disease

noun Lou Geh·rig's disease \ˌlü-ˈger-igz-\

Definition of LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE

Origin of LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE

Lou Gehrig †1941 American baseball player who suffered from the disease
First Known Use: 1958

Lou Gehrig's disease

noun Lou Geh·rig's disease \ˌlü-ˌge(ə)r-igz-, -ˌga(ə)r-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE

Biographical Note for LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE

Gehrig, Lou (1903–1941), American baseball player. Gehrig began playing for the New York Yankees in 1925. He soon became a fine first baseman and an outstanding hitter. He compiled a lifetime major-league average of .340. He was the American League home-run champion in 1931, 1934, and 1936 and was named the American League's most valuable player in 1927, 1931, 1934, and 1936. Nicknamed the Iron Horse, he played a total of 2130 consecutive games in 14 seasons. His career ended in 1939 when he learned that he was suffering from a rare form of paralysis—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In the years following his death the disease became popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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