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Artist:
Unidentified Artist  Search this
Sitter:
Henry Louis Gehrig, 19 Jun 1903 - 2 Jun 1941  Search this
George Herman ("Babe") Ruth, 6 Feb 1895 - 17 Aug 1948  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 19.1cm x 14.3cm (7 1/2" x 5 5/8"), Accurate
Sheet: 20.3cm x 15.3cm (8" x 6"), Accurate
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1931
Exhibition Label:
In 1927 Babe Ruth found himself in a slugging contest with teammate Lou Gehrig (1903–1941), an unassuming, humble man who was eight years Ruth’s junior and a polar opposite in personality. Gehrig played first base and was number four in the batting lineup, just behind Ruth. His forty-seven homers that season topped every other player in baseball, except for Ruth’s sixty. Gehrig was always playing in Ruth’s shadow, and, he noted, it was a “pretty big shadow.” Unbeknownst to all, Gehrig was beginning what would be his own long-standing record of playing 2,130 consecutive games—broken only in 1995 by Cal Ripken Jr. Gehrig’s streak ended in 1939 when he took himself out of the lineup, his strength noticeably ebbing from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disease now also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
En 1927 Babe Ruth se enfrascó en un concurso de bateo con su compañero de equipo Lou Gehrig (1903–1941), un jugador modesto, el polo opuesto de Ruth en carácter y ocho años menor que este. Gehrig jugaba primera base y era el cuarto en la línea de bateo, justo detrás de Ruth. Con sus cuarenta y siete jonrones de esa temporada superó a todos los jugadores en la historia del deporte, excepto a Ruth, que conectó sesenta. Gehrig siempre jugó a la sombra de Ruth y, según él mismo comentó, era “una sombra bien grande”. Pero lo que nadie sabía es que Gehrig estaba en camino hacia su propio récord de 2,130 partidos consecutivos, una marca longeva que vino a romper Cal Ripken Jr. en 1995. La buena racha de Gehrig terminó en 1939, cuando decidió retirarse de la alineación al ver sus fuerzas menguadas por la esclerosis lateral amiotrófica, una enfermedad degenerativa que hoy se conoce también como la enfermedad de Lou Gehrig.
Topic:
Exterior\Sports arena  Search this
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Baseball Equipment\Baseball  Search this
George Herman ("Babe") Ruth: Male  Search this
George Herman ("Babe") Ruth: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball  Search this
Henry Louis Gehrig: Male  Search this
Henry Louis Gehrig: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.93.80
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4a590af0d-727c-476c-82c4-7056c75dc196
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.93.80