During her life, Eleanor Gehrig has been considered to be the one of the richest Spouses in the United States. She was married to Lou Gehrig and had no children. After his death, she took control of his estate and contributed much of her money towards research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease. This disease is a muscle disease that causes atrophying of the muscles, which can result in paralysis. She was known for her work on ALS research, and her efforts led to the establishment of the MDA/ALS Multidisciplinary Care Center, which still serves as the hub for treatment for ALS patients.
At the time of her death, she was 80 years old. She was born on March 6, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois. After a long-distance romance, she married her husband Lou Gehrig at Comiskey Park, in 1941. They lived together in New Rochelle for a few years before moving to Larchmont. They decorated their apartment with pictures of Babe Ruth and Lefty Gomez. They attended many games in the World Series, which were played in Yankee Stadium. They became popular in New York’s sporting world. The New York Yankees retired his number #4.
She was also a writer, memoirist, and socialite. Her articles were carefully pasted into a prop scrapbook, which was kept at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She also testified before Congress to fund ALS research.
She was a member of the American League and the American League All-Star team. Her husband Lou Gehrig was the star of the Yankees. He won the seven American League All-Star games and six World Series. He also won the Triple Crown in 1934. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.
She has been portrayed on the television in several productions. In 1943, she was portrayed by Virginia Bruce, and in 1949, she was portrayed by Lurene Tuttle. She was portrayed on A Love Affair, which was nominated for two Emmy Awards. In 1976, she was portrayed by Blythe Danner in a television film. Her autobiography was also turned into a film.
Her father, Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was a baseball player. He was born on June 19, 1903 in Yorkville, New York. His nickname was “The Iron Horse”. He was a professional baseball player who played 17 seasons for the New York Yankees. In 1938, he made $39,000. He was also a two-time American League MVP. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.
She also played a role in raising six million dollars for charity during World War II. She was a socialist, a memoirist, and a philanthropist. She was also a member of the National Committee on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Her efforts helped to raise awareness of the disease.
Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1933. His disease was a rare, incurable muscular disorder. He had a difficult time with his illness, and his wife cheered him on. In fact, she was so proud of him that she gave him a bracelet with a diamond cut crystal necklace.