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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  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’.

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