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“I might have had a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for.” On July 4, 1939, with his teammates behind him, Lou Gehrig announced his retirement to a solemn crowd at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig, who played in 2,130 consecutive games, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, a disease that would later bear his name. Gehrig’s “iron horse” frame began to deteriorate as a result of his disease. Two years later, in the midst of Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak, the baseball world mourned the death of the great Lou Gehrig. He was 38.