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This Day in Pop Culture for April 30

Lou Gehrig

1939: Lou Gehrig Plays His Last Game

Lou Gehrig, baseball first baseman for the New York Yankees, played an incredible 17 seasons for the team before retiring on this day in 1939. A seven-time All-Star and six-time World Series champion, Gehrig won the Triple Crown in 1934 and was twice named the American League’s “Most Valuable Player.” In 1939, Gehrig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disorder now known more commonly as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. (Image: Wikimedia)


  • 1908: Eve Arden (actress)
  • 1926: Cloris Leachman (actress)
  • 1938: Gary Collins (talk show host)
  • 1944: Jill Clayburgh (actress)
  • 1982: Kirsten Dunst (actress)
  • 1985: Gal Gadot (actress)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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