And in detroit, on tuesday morning, may 2, 1939, henry louis gehrig, hitting. Cmg worldwide is excited to announce the new and improved website of lou gehrig. Sports history was made at the bookcadillac hotel during the summer of 1939 when lou gehrig of the new york yankees collapsed on the hotels grand staircase. Lou gehrig played 2,th straight game on this day in. Gehrig told his manager while sitting in one of the hotels bars that he was taking himself out of the starting lineup against the detroit tigers, breaking his string of 2, consecutive games played.
In the pretelevision and internet era, its hard to imagine the wattage a star player such as lou gehrig created or the emotion generated by his famous 1939 farewell speech at yankee stadium. To the letter, gehrig a picture of quiet dignity the. Today is the anniversary of lou gehrig s iron man streak ending. The iron horse, biscuit pants, buster, laruppin or columbia. Gehrig talked with manager joe mccarthy at the book cadillac hotel and. Designed in the neorenaissance style, and constructed as the book cadillac, it is part of westin hotels and embodies neoclassical elements and building sculpture, incorporating brick and limestone. June 19, 1903 june 2, 1941 was an american professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in major league baseball mlb for the new york yankees 19231939.
View lou gehrig s page at the baseball hall of fame plaque, photos, videos. Pipp was in the lobby of the book cadillac hotel at noon when the withdrawal of gehrig was effected. A standout football and baseball player, gehrig signed his first contract with the new york yankees in april 1923. As he walked back to the yankee dugout, gehrig doffed his cap and smiled before shading himself from the appreciative baseball fans. New york was off the following day to travel to detroit. Exceeded rookie limits during 1925 season full name.
Lou gehrigs generosity of spirit shines in new book. I have the genuine signatures of two very famous baseball players, babe ruth and lou gehrig. Weaver, buck, 18901956 crp subjectperson players gehrig, lou. Pipp attended the game that afternoon and commented to reporters that lou. Earlier that morning, the new york team checked into the book cadillac. The westin book cadillac detroit is a historic skyscraper hotel located at 1114 washington boulevard in downtown detroit, michigan, within the washington boulevard historic district. The hotel is located in the washington boulevard historic district. New york yankees first baseman lou gehrig, battling a slump and his weakened body, played the 2,th consecutive game of his career on april 30, 1939. On the morning of may 2, 1939, at detroits book cadillac hotel, lou gehrig informed yankees manager joe mccarthy that he wanted to take himself out of the lineup.
In marty appels fabulous new book about the history of the new york yankees, pinstripe empire, there are more gems than you would find in a pirates treasure chest. It was on may 2 of that year that new york yankee first baseman lou gehrig collapsed on the bookcadillacs grand staircase. Lou gehrig the official licensing website of lou gehrig. Last year richard sandomir of the new york times published the pride of the yankees. The story goes that gehrig collapsed on the grand staircase of the book cadillac hotel where the yankees were.
The letter is handwritten on two sides of book cadillac hotel letterhead, and includes only the first page. With ray milland, jean peters, paul douglas, ed begley. Wonderfully restored, if only the area could follow suit. I found from the book jacket that i had read jonathan eigs other books about lou gehrig and jackie robinson. In 1939, lou gehrig collapsed on the book cadillac s staircase. Opened in 1924, the hotel was where lou gehrig famously decided he would end his iron man streak of 2, games in 1939. Before the team suited up for its series opener on may 2, gehrig talked with manager joe mccarthy at the book cadillac hotel and asked to be benched. Today is the anniversary of lou gehrigs iron man streak. The definitive account of the life and tragic death of baseball legend lou gehrig. Gehrig talked with manager joe mccarthy at the book cadillac. But just 60 years after its grand opening, owners of the hotel. On june 2, 1925, wally pipp had a headache and was replaced at first base in the new york yankee lineup by a quiet hometown kid named lou gehrig. He later confirmed to the world that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis now known as lou gehrig s disease at a press conference in the hotel. Hall of fame baseball player lou gehrig was born in new york city in 1903.
The property changed hands several times between 1950 and 1980 and in the. My husband saw these men standing sidebyside in a hotel in detroit, i believe it was the book cadillac hotel, and asked them to sign his autograph book. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname the iron horse. Before falling into disrepair, the book cadillac was host to five u. Gehrig voluntarily ends streak at 2, straight games.
Lou gehrig, in full henry louis gehrig, original name ludwig heinrich gehrig, byname the iron horse, born june 19, 1903, new york, new york, u. A scientist discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood. The bookcadillac hotel was the epitome of glamour when it opened its doors in 1924. The letter written in a graceful hand is preserved in a plastic covering and filed away in the hall of fame library. In may 1939, new york yankee lou gehrig collapsed on the hotels grand staircase. The day lou gehrigs streak ended start spreading the. In 1939, lou gehrig collapsed on the book s grand staircase and later told joe mccarthy to take him out of the starting lineup against the detroit tigers, ending a 2,game streak. Nearly 70 years between stays, a bride returns to book. In the book, appel writes about that moment on may 2, 1939 in the lobby of the book cadillac hotel in detroit when gehrig. Lou gehrig sought out yankee manager joe mccarthy for an urgent talk, according to gehrig. In its heyday, the book cadillac hosted five different presidents, showbusiness celebrities, and sports legends like babe ruth and lou gehrig. Lou gehrig s generosity of spirit shines in new book the. The westin book cadillac 1885, detroit historic hotels.
Onceglamorous bookcadillac due to return twin cities. Enjoyed this book, i like reading about the time period of the 30s. On may 2, 1939, hall of fame baseball player lou gehrig was staying at the book cadillac on a road trip with his new york yankees to face the detroit tigers when he decided to call it quits on his 2. That morning, he had breakfast at the book cadillac hotel, where the yankees were staying, with wally pipp, the first baseman gehrig had replaced in the yankees starting lineup in 1925, who was.
Letter from lou gehrig to eleanor gehrig, 1939 may 03. Just two days later, following an off day for travel, gehrig approached manager joe mccarthy at the bookcadillac hotel. Dive into the websites updated visuals and contentthe design is thoroughly modernized, responsive, and ready to explore. Check back periodically for the latest announcements and posts about lou gehrig. Lou gehrig wrote it to his wife on bookcadillac hotel stationery. Life with lou gehrig s disease about two years ago, commentator darcy wakefield was diagnosed with als, or lou gehrig s disease, at age 33. Lou gehrig, gary cooper and the making of a classic.
Later that season on july 6, a monument was dedicated to gehrig in center field at yankee stadium. The westin book cadillac is located at 1114 washington street, detroit, mi, 48226. Sitting in mccarthys room at the book cadillac, gehrig said he wanted to bench himself that day, thus ending his consecutivegame streak at 2. That day, he took himself out of the lineup, breaking his consecutive game streaks. It would be a huge day for dimaggio at the plate, his now. It was on may 2 of that year that new york yankee first baseman lou gehrig collapsed on the book cadillac s grand staircase.1176 1139 622 1222 925 555 1566 424 1447 271 1050 380 720 1295 248 310 70 528 1237 425 1203 31 94 709 478 111 158 88 1098 285 188 132 693 1023 544 843