Sport: Immortal Gehrig

Sport's No. 1 hero of 1939 is dimple-cheeked, piano-legged Lou Gehrig. Last spring, when a rare form of paralysis compelled First Baseman Gehrig to give up his beloved post after 15 years with the New York Yankees, U. S. sportswriters wreathed their columns with encomiums seldom bestowed on the living. Skimming over the Iron Horse's unrivaled feat of playing in 2,130 consecutive major-league games and casually reviewing his extraordinary batting records (some surpassing those of Babe Ruth), they crowned Lou Gehrig's Honesty, Modesty, Courage. Practically canonized. 36-year-old Lou Gehrig became the idol of U. S. youth.

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