Re-Discovering Lou Gehrig’s Lost Nickname

I was intrigued by the reference to “Buster” Gehrig in the Washington Reporter from 1925, so I did a Google News Archives search for “Buster Gehrig.” It turns out that he was known almost exclusively as Buster in his early years. Here is a clear reference from The Meridian Daily Journal, August 19, 1931 when Buster was just approaching the record for consecutive games played: “Henry Louis Gehrig, otherwise known as ‘Buster’ or ‘Hungry Lou’…” Here is a reference to young Buster from an article titled “Yanks Can Keep Going Even After Babe Does” in The Milwaukee Journal, May 13, … Continue reading