Lou Gehrig was one of the best players to ever take the field, and one of the most durable. Join us as we examine a baseball hero who was cut off in the prime of his life, but never flinched in the face of mortality.
Lou Gehrig was one of the best players to ever take the field, and one of the most durable. His streak of 2,130 consecutive games played earned him the nickname The Iron Horse, but it was his strength of character off the field that made him an American icon. Join us as we examine a baseball hero who was cut off in the prime of his life, but never flinched in the face of mortality. Rare archival MLB footage and interviews with historians, psychiatrists, and academic mythologists offer a wide perspective into his legendary life and career.
Access even more free Smithsonian Channel full episodes and documentaries online through participating TV providers.
Find out if your television provider carries Smithsonian Channel on air.
Don't panic! It's simple to upgrade to the latest version of one of these browsers:
Don't panic! To get the best possible experience on smithsonianchannel.com we recommend you upgrade your operating system.
For the best possible site experience, please use Chrome for Android.
Add username "SmithsonianChan" on Snapchat for fun and fascinating facts. We'll be sharing spontaneous photos and videos as inspiration strikes.