June 2, 1925
On June 1, 1925, Lou Gehrig pinch-hit for Yankees shortstop Paul “Pee Wee” Wanninger. But it was on June 2, that Yankee manager Miller Huggins started Lou Gehrig at first base replacing Wally Pipp. Lou remained in the lineup until his streak of 2,130 games played ended on May 2, 1939.
Here is how the New York Times reported the full-time arrival of Gehrig
(from NY Times of June 3, 1925)
June 2, 1935
It was a front page story, above the fold in the center of the New York Times of June 3, 1935, right under the masthead:
Babe Ruth was quitting the Boston Braves.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words
Despite the Babe’s desire, he never played again, but he left an enormous legacy.
June 2, 1941
Look at the front page articles of the New York Times of June 3, 1941, it almost makes these days seem calm
There were so many times in Lou Gehrig’s life he was overshadowed by events, it was true even in his death