Lou Gehrig was a baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major
League Baseball for the New York Yankees (1923–1939) until his career
was cut short by ALS, a disorder now commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s
disease. Gehrig was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. In
1969 he was voted the greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball
Writers’ Association, and was the leading vote-getter on the Major
League Baseball All-Century Team, chosen by fans in 1999.