People > Players 1920s-1930s > Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig, CC 1925
One of the greatest all-time baseball players, Lou Gehrig was a two-sport star at Columbia in football and baseball. A well-known full-back from Commerce High, Gehrig arrived at Morningside Heights on a football scholarship and quickly made an impression on the freshmen football squad. In his second year at Columbia, he started at fullback and defensive tackle on the varsity team in the 1922 season. Gehrig became a star on Andy Coakley's baseball team in the spring of 1923. After 19 collegiate games, he was signed by the New York Yankees. Gehrig played 17 seasons as a New York Yankee and led the team to six World Series championships.