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Portrait of Lou Gehrig

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
17 9660 .340 .447 .632 158 73.2
Birth Date6-19-1903
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age116 years, 2 months, 6 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1923 NYA 20 13 29 11 4 1 1 2 5 0 0 0 .423 .464 .769 98 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1924 NYA 21 10 13 6 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .500 .538 .583 87 -0.1 0.4 0.0 0.0
1925 NYA 22 126 497 129 23 10 20 46 49 2 6 3 .295 .365 .531 100 -0.1 1.9 0.0 0.6
1926 NYA 23 155 696 179 47 20 16 105 73 1 6 5 .313 .420 .549 130 22.9 0.2 0.0 3.0
1927 NYA 24 155 717 218 52 18 47 109 84 3 10 8 .373 .474 .765 185 78.6 4.3 0.0 9.0
1928 NYA 25 154 677 210 47 13 27 95 69 4 4 11 .374 .467 .648 168 56.7 -0.9 0.0 6.2
1929 NYA 26 154 692 166 32 10 35 122 68 5 4 3 .300 .431 .584 138 33.1 -1.0 0.0 3.6
1930 NYA 27 154 703 220 42 17 41 101 63 3 12 14 .379 .473 .721 172 66.7 -1.4 0.0 6.4
1931 NYA 28 155 738 211 31 15 46 117 56 0 17 12 .341 .446 .662 178 66.9 -1.0 0.0 7.1
1932 NYA 29 156 708 208 42 9 34 108 38 3 4 11 .349 .451 .621 158 44.2 1.5 0.0 5.0
1933 NYA 30 152 687 198 41 12 32 92 42 1 9 13 .334 .424 .605 159 39.4 5.7 0.0 5.2
1934 NYA 31 154 690 210 40 6 49 109 31 2 9 5 .363 .465 .706 186 57.0 -3.4 0.0 5.8
1935 NYA 32 149 672 176 26 10 30 132 38 5 8 7 .329 .466 .583 156 38.2 0.2 0.0 4.3
1936 NYA 33 155 719 205 37 7 49 130 46 7 3 4 .354 .478 .696 178 67.8 2.4 0.0 7.2
1937 NYA 34 157 700 200 37 9 37 127 49 4 4 3 .351 .473 .643 160 54.3 2.3 0.0 6.2
1938 NYA 35 157 689 170 32 6 29 107 75 5 6 1 .295 .410 .523 132 29.9 0.8 0.0 3.7
1939 NYA 36 8 33 4 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 .143 .273 .143 77 -0.8 -0.1 0.0 0.0
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1923 NYA MLB AL 13 29 .298 .364 .409 .000 91 1.7 0.4 -0.2 98 43 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1924 NYA MLB AL 10 13 .282 .343 .368 .000 107 1.8 0.3 -0.1 87 29 0.0 0.4 -0.1 0.0
1925 NYA MLB AL 126 497 .292 .349 .409 .000 93 24 13.2 -8.1 100 14 0.0 1.9 -0.1 0.6
1926 NYA MLB AL 155 696 .280 .338 .393 .000 103 45.6 16.6 -10.6 130 11 0.0 0.2 22.9 3.0
1927 NYA MLB AL 155 717 .291 .345 .412 .000 113 92 21.1 -13.5 185 13 0.0 4.3 78.6 9.0
1928 NYA MLB AL 154 677 .285 .337 .407 .000 104 70.9 17.6 -11.3 168 13 0.0 -0.9 56.7 6.2
1929 NYA MLB AL 154 692 .285 .338 .407 .000 99 50 16.9 -10.9 138 9 0.0 -1.0 33.1 3.6
1930 NYA MLB AL 154 703 .296 .348 .433 .000 87 112.9 20.2 -12.9 172 6 0.0 -1.4 66.7 6.4
1931 NYA MLB AL 155 738 .281 .344 .401 .000 111 76 18.5 -11.8 178 12 0.0 -1.0 66.9 7.1
1932 NYA MLB AL 156 708 .279 .346 .411 .000 104 71.8 17.7 -11.3 158 12 0.0 1.5 44.2 5.0
1933 NYA MLB AL 152 687 .275 .338 .397 .000 106 63.9 15.7 -10.1 159 12 0.0 5.7 39.4 5.2
1934 NYA MLB AL 154 690 .279 .346 .408 .000 94 91.1 15.0 -9.6 186 11 0.0 -3.4 57.0 5.8
1935 NYA MLB AL 149 672 .285 .347 .406 .000 87 77 15.0 -9.6 156 16 0.0 0.2 38.2 4.3
1936 NYA MLB AL 155 719 .293 .356 .435 .000 107 76.8 18.4 -11.8 178 12 0.0 2.4 67.8 7.2
1937 NYA MLB AL 157 700 .283 .354 .421 .000 104 86.5 19.7 -12.6 160 14 0.0 2.3 54.3 6.2
1938 NYA MLB AL 157 689 .000 .000 .000 .000 101 57.5 19.3 -12.4 132 13 0.0 0.8 29.9 3.7
1939 NYA MLB AL 8 33 .266 .331 .392 .000 83 -3.8 1.0 -0.6 77 12 0.0 -0.1 -0.8 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1923 NYA MLB AL 29 26 6 11 4 1 1 20 9 2 5 0 0 .423 .464 .769 .346 1
1924 NYA MLB AL 13 12 2 6 1 0 0 7 5 1 3 0 0 .500 .538 .583 .083 0
1925 NYA MLB AL 497 437 73 129 23 10 20 232 68 46 49 6 3 .295 .365 .531 .236 12
1926 NYA MLB AL 696 572 135 179 47 20 16 314 109 105 73 6 5 .313 .420 .549 .236 18
1927 NYA MLB AL 717 584 149 218 52 18 47 447 175 109 84 10 8 .373 .474 .765 .392 21
1928 NYA MLB AL 677 562 139 210 47 13 27 364 142 95 69 4 11 .374 .467 .648 .274 16
1929 NYA MLB AL 692 553 127 166 32 10 35 323 126 122 68 4 3 .300 .431 .584 .284 12
1930 NYA MLB AL 703 581 143 220 42 17 41 419 174 101 63 12 14 .379 .473 .721 .343 18
1931 NYA MLB AL 738 619 163 211 31 15 46 410 184 117 56 17 12 .341 .446 .662 .321 2
1932 NYA MLB AL 708 596 138 208 42 9 34 370 151 108 38 4 11 .349 .451 .621 .272 1
1933 NYA MLB AL 687 593 138 198 41 12 32 359 139 92 42 9 13 .334 .424 .605 .272 1
1934 NYA MLB AL 690 579 128 210 40 6 49 409 165 109 31 9 5 .363 .465 .706 .344 0
1935 NYA MLB AL 672 535 125 176 26 10 30 312 119 132 38 8 7 .329 .466 .583 .254 0
1936 NYA MLB AL 719 579 167 205 37 7 49 403 152 130 46 3 4 .354 .478 .696 .342 3
1937 NYA MLB AL 700 569 138 200 37 9 37 366 159 127 49 4 3 .351 .473 .643 .292 0
1938 NYA MLB AL 689 576 115 170 32 6 29 301 114 107 75 6 1 .295 .410 .523 .227 1
1939 NYA MLB AL 33 28 2 4 0 0 0 4 1 5 1 0 0 .143 .273 .143 .000 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which team says no to a trade of Werth for Dunn? I know Werth was better last year (and probably in the future), but his contract is worse, right?
(Kent from Coppell TX)
Werth's contract is worse. I suspect Dunn will rebound some, unless there are medical or psychological issues we don't know about. It's hard to think of anyone this side of Lou Gehrig who got so bad so fast, and it's tempting to chalk the whole thing up to a kind of spectacular prank by the universe. (Steven Goldman)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)So just how poorly would I have to hit/field this season to force the Yankees hand regarding a position/batting order shift?
(#2 ... Derek Jeter ... #2 from NYC)
It would have to be an utter collapse on the order of Lou Gehrig 1939. Let's hope that doesn't happen. (Steven Goldman)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)At the risk of being out-and-out offensive, do you have any affinity for Gary Cooper?
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
Not his politics, and I can't claim to have seen even a majority of his 100-plus films, but in certain parts he's quite good, such as the professor in "Ball of Fire," or "High Noon," a movie that probably clashed with his own sensitivities. Overall, I find him stiff and almost nervous-seeming in many parts, wondering what he's doing there. Recently TCM had "Friendly Persuasion" on a couple of times and I caught pieces of it--he played an 1860s Quaker. Scary stuff. And just to bring this back to baseball, I find his Lou Gehrig in "Pride of the Yankees" endearing but overly simplified and unrealistic. (Steven Goldman)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can't we all feel more comfortable with an opening class of 10 of Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Walter Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wanger?
(Bernard from Jersey City)
That's a great place to start. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has it always been common for spring training games to end in a tie? Is the frustration of old school pitchers argueing about the deflated value of wins in Cy Young voting quietly relevant? Where does Lou Gehrig rank as an all time Yankee?
(Bonds Fan from Bay Area)
(1) Yes. No reason to stress your pitchers in an exhibition.
(2) No. Wins never should have been part of the discussion. Sorry that the march of progress has devalued something they were brought up to believe in, but that's the way it goes (see also race relations or our current debate on homosexual marriage).
(3) Gehrig is way up there. Not the very top, because he wasn't a great defender playing one of the easier positions, but he was a hell of a hitter, and the way he was built he would have been a strapping physical specimen in any era. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)I saw your post on Lou Gehrig on the Pinstriped Bible. I looked up Gehrig's minor league records on Baseball Reference and there's no data for the 1922 season. My guess is that the records are simply missing but I was wondering if you could shed any light on that.
(CTYankee from Hamden, CT)
This is all from memory, so if I screw up the fine details here, forgive me: In 1921, Gehrig was scouted by the Giants and was encouraged by John McGraw to turn pro and play in the minors, albeit under an assumed name so that he could retain his college eligibility. Gehrig did this at first (I think he played under the name Louis), but soon realized that McGraw had asked him to make a risky move and quickly left and went back to college. For this he always resented McGraw, who, Gehrig felt, had taken advantage of his youth and inexperience. The reason you see that gap is that he spent 1922 at Columbia University, batting balls off the library. His career resumed in 1923 when he was more legitimately signed by the Yankees. (Steven Goldman)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)So where do I get photos of Lou Gehrig without a shirt?
(carina from ny)
Not the one I was thinking of, but a quick search of Google shows this one- http://www.maniacworld.com/Lou-Gehrig-The-Pride-of-the-Yankees.jpg - which I believe is a still from a film taken at spring training... There's a more common one that's been in a couple of books about Gehrig, but if I go digging around in my stacks for it this chat will have to take a 30 minute hiatus. I not only need a nanny, I need a librarian.

...This year marks the 70th anniversary of Gehrig's farewell speech, and MLB is going to do some cool things to celebrate it, tying in to ALS research. (Steven Goldman)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Whenever I hear someone singing the blues about Robinson Cano, I think of Horace Clarke. I was 7-years old when Clarke took over 2B for Bobby Richardson. The Yanks’ switch-hitting second baseman of the late 60s/early 70s - best known for breaking up no-hitters in the 9th inning three times in 1970, and rarely turning the double-play - actually had a fairly productive season in 1969 with career highs in nearly every offensive category. But what still blows my mind is his 9 – yes nine! – extra-base hits in 579 at-bats in 1968, Compared to “Hoss,” Robinson Cano IS Rod Carew; heck compared to Clarke, Cano is LOU GEHRIG!!
(rich from nj)
The problem with Cano is that he's inconsistent, and as I have written many times, he kills you when he's cold. In contrast, let me offer Nick Swisher, who batted something like .150 in May but still had a .311 OBP because he took a ton of walks. Cano can be on a hot streak and still not produce a .311 OBP. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the benefit of (marginal) hindsight, how big a mistake was the BBWAA snub of Will Clark? What do you think the chances of the VC (in whatever structure it holds in 17 years) will redress this omission? Thanks for answering.
(rawagman from Work)
I'll take this one and then one more...

I don't know that Clark was a huge mistake. My system now shows him at 105.2 career, 65.8 peak, 85.5 JAWS, where the HOF 1B benchmark is at 115.1/66.9/91.0 - it's risen because Clay Davenport's WARP tweaks have given 19th and early 20th century players like Cap Anson, Roger Connor and Dan Brouthers far more value than they had before, enough to wrestle the top spot from Lou Gehrig. I'm not entirely comfortable with those tweaks, but it would appear Clark is a borderline guy at best. He'll have a chance if the VC ever clears out the deadwood that's clogged up the past several ballots, but guys who retire at 36 don't get a whole lot of charity from the voters. (Jay Jaffe)


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