Isn't it ironic?
"I wrote I saw strong men cry today, in what was mass weeping in Yankee Stadium, and photographers' hands trembling as they recorded the scene of Lou Gehrig's farewell to the game," says the Washington Post's Shirley Povich on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.
Irony, as we know, is part of life. And death. Is there a better word to use regarding Lou Gehrig?Think of his nickname: "The Iron Horse." It implies endurance. It recalls an indestructible man, one who never called in sick for almost 14 years -- 2,130 consecutive games, as if we could ever forget that number? And yet, at age 35, in what should be the prime of his life, the New York Yankees first baseman contracts an incurable disease. Two years later, at 37, The Iron Horse is dead. More irony. What is remembered most about the rock-sturdy man that Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray called "Gibraltar in cleats?"