May 1, 1920- Newly acquired Yankees OF Babe Ruth hit his 50th MLB career HR, and the 1st HR for the Yankees, in the Red Sox 6-0 loss at the Polo Grounds. The homerun cleared the roof in Right Field of the Polo Grounds, a feat matched only by ⁈Å"Shoeless⁈ Joe Jackson of the Chicago White Sox.
May 2, 1939 - All Star 1B Lou Gehrig of the Yankees did not play against the Tigers at Briggs Stadium, ending at 2,130 his streak of consecutive games played. An ailing Gehrig removed himself from the Yankees starting lineup, telling his manager Joe McCarthy that he could not play because of continuing weakness. Doctors will later diagnose Gehrig with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal disease that affects the muscles. Gehrig will never play again. Lou Gehrig replacement at 1st base, Babe Dahlgren led the Yankees hitting attack with a HR and double as the Yankees beat the Tigers by a score of 22-2.
After Lou takes himself out of Yankee lineup, he watches the team get ready for the game from the Yankee Dugout.
April 26, 1931- At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., a walk to Lyn Lary is followed by a Lou Gehrig HR, a smash which clears the fence, but bounces back into the hands of Senators CF Harry Rice. The base runner Lary thinks the ball has been caught on the fly for the 3rd out returning to the dugout without crossing home plate, and Gehrig, running with his head down, is ruled out for passing a runner in front of him costing the Yankees a possible victory (they lost by 2 runs), the 1931 HR crown (he tied Babe Ruth with 46) and 2-RBI⁈⁚s to add to his record setting 184 for the season.
It was a very costly mistake by Lou! Here is another bad day for Lou and the Yankees.
May 4, 1931- In an effort to put less strain on his leg, Babe Ruth played 1B as Lou Gehrig moved to right field. Gehrig committed a costly error in the outfield helping the Senators beat the Yankees, by a score of 7-3. This change of positions experiment ends the next day.