CURTIS SLIWA WAS SHOT
On June 19th, 1992: Anti-crime activist Curtis Sliwa survived an attempt on his life. Sliwa, founder and CEO of the Guardian Angels, an international organization of unarmed vigilantes, was kidnapped and shot four times by two gunmen after entering a stolen taxi in the East Village. Though he was seriously injured by the gunshots, Sliwa underwent successful surgery and, thankfully, survived the attack.
STRAWBERRY GOT PICKED
On June 19th, 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.
BORN ON THIS DAY: LOU GEHRIG
On June 19th, 1903: American first baseman 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 (2,130), Gehrig was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 and voted greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball Writers’ Association in 1969.
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