Did you notice the caption on the photo? "Larruping Lou-the Iron Man". I grew up in a house that was a Yankee house...with lots of stories of my Dad going to games and seeing the Iron Man, The Yankee Clipper (Joe DiMaggio) and of course, the Sultan of Swat (Babe Ruth)! I always loved the colorful nicknames!
At the back of the book are stat tables-after all this is a baseball book. Here are the 2 full pages of the American League Home Run Leaders from 1901 to 1941. Now Babe Ruth sort of took control of this statistic from 1918 until 1931 when he shared it with Lou Gehrig. Gehrig was also the Homer leader in 1934 and 1936.
Sadly the old Yankee Stadium that rang with the bat and saw the wonderful skills and heartfelt fans farewell to Lou Gehrig is gone. This year there is a new stadium...but it is in the Bronx so the Bronx Bombers nickname for the Yanks still stands.
Just so you really understand what a Yankee family I grew up in-this book was not my father's. It was my uncle's. He died in the Pacific in WWII and my mother always kept the book for a future grandson. In 1995, she gave it to DS the elder ( a huge baseball fan).
I have a confession to make: today I am not a Yankees fan...I say "Go Phillies!"
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