Lou Gehrig Biography

Lou Gehrig Biography

Lou Gehrig Biography

Hall of Fame baseball player Lou Gehrig was born in New York City in 1903. A standout football and baseball player, Gehrig signed his first contract with the New York Yankees in April 1923. Over the next 15 years he led the team to six World Series titles and set the mark for most consecutive games played. He retired in 1939 after getting diagnosed with ALS. Gehrig passed away from the disease in 1941.

Henry Louis Gehrig was born in the Yorkville section of Manhattan in New York City, on June 19, 1903. His parents, Heinrich and Christina Gehrig, were German immigrants who’d moved to their new country just a few years before their son’s birth.

The only one of the four Gehrig children to survive infancy, Lou faced a childhood that was shaped by poverty. His father struggled to stay sober and keep a job, while his mother, a strong woman who was intent on creating a better life for her son, worked constantly, cleaning houses and cooking meals for wealthy New Yorkers.

A devoted parent, Christina pushed hard for her son to get a good education and got behind her son’s athletic pursuits, which were many. From an early age, Gehrig showed himself to be a gifted athlete, excelling in both football and baseball.

After graduating from high school, Gehrig enrolled at Columbia University, where he studied engineering and played fullback on the football team. In addition, he made the school’s baseball team, pitching solidly for the club and earning the nickname Columbia Lou from adoring fans. In one famous game, the young hurler struck out 17 batters.

But it was Gehrig’s bat that appealed to the New York Yankees, who in April 1923, the same year Yankee Stadium first opened, signed Gehrig to his first professional contract. The deal included a $1,500 signing bonus, a fantastic sum for Gehrig and his family, which allowed him to move his parents to the suburbs and, more important, play baseball full-time. Read More…..Biography.com

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Moto Guzzi National Owners Club

Moto Guzzi National Owners Club

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How It all Started

Very late in the year of 1970 a motorcycle magazine by the name of Motorcycle World (now defunct), printed a letter written by a fellow who was about to take delivery on a brand new 1970 750cc Moto Guzzi Ambassador. moto guzzi ambassador

The new motorcycle owner – Dennis Sterlace, had written the magazine asking for people about their experience and what they considered the pros and cons of the Moto Guzzi Ambassador.

Frank Wedge  wrote to Dennis and they began exchanging letters. After corresponding for a month or more, Frank and Dennis decided to try to get a Moto Guzzi correspondence club going. Dennis lived in Lackawanna, New York, and Frank lived in the tiny town of to Sylvan Grove, Kansas.

Frank wrote a letter to Road Rider magazine. Road Rider printed his letter, which asked for interested Moto Guzzi owners to contact either Dennis or Frank . Letters (although small in numbers at first) began coming in from all parts of the United States and a couple from Canada.

The MGNOC (Moto Guzzi National Owners Club)  is now an international club for the Moto Guzzi  owner and enthusiast.  Membership totals around 3200 people. All 50 states are represented, also several provinces in Canada and 16 or 17 other countries.

The MGNOC  is a small club, compared to some, but the members are very devoted to the marque, and most are active motorcyclists who probably ride more miles in an average year than many motorcyclists.


Now, 25 years later, Frank sometimes thinks back at how everything fell into place so that Dennis and himself were able to start up the Moto Guzzi National Owners Club . They are friendly group and  welcome any and all to attend their rallies or join the club.

Club Meetings and Rides Information

People who ride other brands of motorcycles often comment on how much they enjoy attending the rallies, and so the MGNOC  invite others to visit them at their various activities throughout the United States.

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In Italy, there is one motorcycle marque that stands above all others when it comes to history and tradition: Moto Guzzi. Today Guzzi is seen very much as a traditionalist, but this was not always so. From its inception shortly after the first Great War, its initial efforts remain shining examples of vision and achievement – and this would continue until the end of the 1950’s, some four decades later. From its Mandelo del Lario factory came a constant stream of mould-breaking designs which were to achieve glory on both road and track.

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