On June 19, 1903: American baseball great Lou Gehrig was born. A native of East Harlem, Gehrig played for the Yankees until his 17-season career was tragically cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a motor neuron condition known today as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Having set several major league records of his day, including most grand slams and most consecutive games played, Gehrig was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.
A STOOGE IS BORN
On June 19, 1987: Comedian Moe Howard was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Moe was one of the Three Stooges, alongside his two brothers Curly Howard and Shemp Howard. The Stooges made a guest appearance in the popular movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
STRAWBERRY WAS PICKED
On June 19, 1995: Former major league outfielder Darryl Strawberry signed with the New York Yankees. Known equally (if not more so) for his activities off the field, Strawberry signed with the Yankees after his 1995 suspension from the league due to his involvement with cocaine. Nevertheless, Strawberry remains famous for his colossal home-runs and menacing 6-foot-6 frame, making him one of the once most feared sluggers in baseball.