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, 1927.

There are literally over a thousand references to Buster Gehrig in Google’s archived newspaper reports of the era. I hope we can get this nickname added to his Baseball Reference page, it seems a shame that such a great moniker for a hungry young up-and-comer, as he was in his early years, could be lost to history.

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4 Comments

  1. Ruppert locked up the Babe for three years at $210k (total). Looks like a smart deal for the Yanks, but what happens, you say, if the Babe blows up? It’s a gamble!

    Ahh, but the colonel should be serviceable for at least three more years.

    Methinks Bob Dylan was correct: that the times, they are a changin’.

  2. Lou Gehrig research

  3. was lou gehrig not know as the pride of the yankees ? if so why is it not noted;

    • Hi Colin,

      There was a movie based on Gehrig’s life called “The Pride of the Yankees (The Life of Lou Gehrig)” that was released in 1942 (a year after he died), starring Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig.

      As far as I know, Gehrig was never known as “The Pride of the Yankees” while he was alive.

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