Lou Gehrig
Babe Dahlgren Talks About Replacing Lou Gehrig

Keith Olbermann interviews Babe Dahlgren about the day he replaced Lou Gehrig–ending Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, the record for most consecutive games played at the time. Dahlgren describes the feeling of the dugout on the day he replaced Gehrig and talks about how he failed to convince Gehrig to return to the game and keep his streak alive. Gehrig started his historic streak on June 1, 1925 when he entered a game as a pinch hitter and played every game from that date to the first month of the 1939 MLB season. Throughout the 1938 season and into the 1939 season, Gehrig started to become weakened by an undiagnosed disease, which would later be named Lou Gehrig’s disease. After a poor performance in the first month of the 1939 season, Gehrig told his manager, Joe McCarthy, that he was going to bench himself. On May 2, 1939, Ellsworth “Babe” Dahlgren replaced Gehrig in the lineup at first base.

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