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 inducted 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. He remains famous for his colossal home runs and towering 6-foot-6 frame, making him one of the most-feared sluggers in baseball at the time.