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Number 4 - Lou Gehrig


Number 4 is the "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig.  Lou held the record for consecutive games played for 56 years, at 2,130, until Cal Ripken broke it. He batted a hefty .340 for his career, to go along with 493 home runs and 1,995 RBI. He was part of some of the best Yankee teams from 1923 through 1939. He may not have gotten the credit he deserved because he played in the very large shadow of number 3.

Gehrig led the major leagues in multiple batting categories, multiple times.  In particular, Gehrig was somewhat of an RBI machine, having led the league five times, peaking with 185 in 1931.  Overall, he racked up a hefty 1,995 RBI over his 17 year MLB playing career.

Did you know.....Lou made $8,000 playing baseball in 1927?!

 

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42 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:46 PM

    Enough Yankees already!
    The only #4 is Bobby Orr!

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  2. Anonymous9:01 PM

    One word Greatest QB ever...Favre!!!!

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  3. steve3:15 PM

    Bobby Orr hands down

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  4. Anonymous9:47 PM

    Brett Favre.

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  5. Anonymous2:22 PM

    Brett Favre.

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  6. Anonymous9:04 AM

    Hands down -- Brett Farve

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  7. Anonymous3:47 PM

    As far as Farve being the greatest QB ever, just look at Tom Brady's stats. They Blow Farves into the ground.

    And of course Orr is the best player to wear #4 hands down, he was the greatest hockey player ever hands down, even better than Gretzky.

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  8. Anonymous9:31 PM

    only one #4, belongs to Orr

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  9. Bobby Orr all the way

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  10. Anonymous3:18 AM

    brett farve..

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  11. Anonymous10:17 PM

    You guys who are so loyal to Brett, might consider learning how to correctly spell his name... especially since it's ALL OVER THIS PAGE!!!!!!!

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  12. Anonymous1:00 PM

    Seriously? None of you believe that Lou Gehrig is worthy of being the best athlete wearing #4 of all time? 2130 consecutive games isn't anything to scoff at, especially in the early 1900's. Let's give the guy a little respect, shall we?

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  13. Anonymous1:17 PM

    Bobby Orr forever!

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  14. Anonymous5:23 PM

    Lou Gehrig - There could really be no other. Then, Favre. Then, Orr. Although, Favre is screwing up his legacy now since becoming the All-time Waffler.

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  15. Anonymous10:39 AM

    Bobby Orr. End of discussion. Gehrig only wins if you are looking for deseases named after players.

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  16. Anonymous10:29 PM

    noone compares to lou gehrig at all... favre should have retired right out of green ay and he would be respectible and orr is great but nothing matches gehrig at #4

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  17. Anonymous1:56 AM

    Wow def Brett Favre and tom brady's numbers do not blow his away brady threw for over 30 tds once to favres 8 and that was when he got moss welker and stallworth. and check the stats this year

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  18. Got to go with Lou, But Orr was right there,

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  19. Anonymous9:34 PM

    tough to limit it to one. Orr may have been the all time best player that I have ever seen in hockey, and yes I have seen the great one 99 play live too, so this is a tough one. Different eras and different game.

    how many times did Gehrig get checked into the boards in baseball?

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  20. Lou was great but in a strong line-up Orr brought his team to greatness on his shoulders. Sorry Yankee fans... Hands Down Number four-Bobby ORR

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  21. Anonymous6:14 PM

    The thing is, Bobby Orr is the 2nd best player ever to play hockey. Some say he's first. I disagree, but I respect the argument.

    You can't say that about Gherig. He wasn't even the best guy on his team!

    And anyone who thinks Favre is the greatest QB ever is just an idiot.

    It has to be Orr.

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    1. Anonymous12:53 PM

      Gretzky was the greatest scorer and the greatest forward ever, but he didn't play a complete game. Bobby Orr was the best hockey player ever, no contest.

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  22. Anonymous5:51 PM

    brett favre, duh!

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  23. Anonymous11:10 PM

    Bobby Orr has to be the choice here. The man transcended an entire sport. Longevity can't be the deciding factor when you are dealing with a player that owned the sport he played.

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  24. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Bobby Orr when you really come down to the facts is the best choice here. No one argues that he was the best defenseman ever to play, there was no one ever close to him. What other athlete is so far ahead of everyone else at their position?

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  25. Anonymous7:14 PM

    If you look at OPS or adjusted OPS+, Gehrig is either the 3rd or 4th best batter in history. Favre or Orr boosters have a point (especially Orr), but stack that with his games-played streak, Lou is a worthy top #4. I say that despite the fact that I can't stand the Yankees.

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    1. Anonymous11:08 PM

      But u can say Favre is one of the top 3 or 4 qb if not the best qb of all time. and remember how many times Brett came back into.a game after being drilled in the dirt by a lineman. gehrig was tough, but Brett was the toughest qb ever to play the game

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  26. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Gehrig was obviously great, but Bobby Orr was the best his sport has ever produced. I mean, I realize these things are debateable, and it's fun to debate 'em, but with this number, there's just really no question it has to be Orr.

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  27. Anonymous8:41 AM

    Bobby Orr revolutionized the game of hockey and changed the position of defenseman forever. He was the best ever to lace up the skates. There is no other worthy #4 in any sport.

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  28. Anonymous2:17 PM

    it has to be orr he changed the game of hockey favre didnt change football and lou didnt change the way you play baseball

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  29. Baseball's in my blood although I love hockey. I might still give the edge to Lou, but then again Orr changed the game! He was the first truly offensive defenseman and the most amazing one at that. Lou Gehrig followed Ruth in the order, was a first baseman and really was just amazingly good and durable. It would be tough to say that "he changed the game."

    Wow! If there were one number that's deserving of a tie, I would choose this one.

    Interestingly, both careers were cut short.

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  30. Anonymous5:06 PM

    I agree, there's enough Yankees on here, this one's got to go to Orr (Favre is EXCITING but he's not the best.)

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  31. Anonymous7:39 AM

    brett farve=overrated

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  32. Anonymous12:48 PM

    Orr. 'Nuff said.

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  33. Anonymous4:37 PM

    I'm shocked it's not Orr to be honest. Orr is arguably the best athlete ever to play his sport and is undisputedly the best defenceman of all time. I really don't think Favre or Gehrig dominated their sports the way Orr dominated his.

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  34. Orr was considered and certainly gets the nod in the NHL category. Gehrig's "Iron Man" consistency and his contribution to the early Yankee dynasty, as well as his huge power numbers, make him the pick here.

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  35. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Easily Bobby Orr...Favre and Gehrig can be 2a and 2b.

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  36. Anonymous1:23 PM

    bobby orr, nuff said.

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  37. Anonymous10:47 PM

    It's awesome how people make their choice then say stuff like, No question, or end of argument, or hands down. The fact is, everyone has their own reasons to support their opinions, but at the end of the day they are just that, OPINIONS. That said, I like Orr in this spot. As someone mentioned, Gehrig wasn't the best player on his team, much less in the top 3 or 4 players to ever play the game. Ruth, Bonds, Mays, Aaron and maybe Mantle and A-Rod may all be better than Gehrig. In baseball you have Gretz, Orr, Howe, and not many more you would put against Orr.

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  38. Bobby Orr literally changed the face of hockey. He for sure changed the way defensemen were perceived. We used to set aside 15 minutes before pond hockey games to have mild wrestling/fist fights over who got to call themselves what player they wanted during a freaking pond hockey game. The winner obviously called themselves Bobby Orr #4, whether they were going to play D, F, or C.

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  39. Anonymous9:51 PM

    ORR

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  40. Orr blows everyone out here

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