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MoreGehrig is the only Web site (thus far) that celebrates Gehrig Awareness Month.  Why June?  Well, it's in the midst of the baseball season.  And, more importantly, it's the most prevalent month for significant Gehrig events.  Take a look:

June 1 -- Pinch hit for Paul "Pee Wee" Wanniger, consecutive games streak begins (1925)

June 2 -- Unwisely signed with Hartford's semi-pro team to gain extra money and playing experience before facing college-level play - he was later suspended from college ball  (1920); played first full game with Yankees, with 6 plate appearances, and was beaned in the head as he was approaching second base in a double play - he refused to leave the game (1925); died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 37 (1941)

June 3 -- Hit 4 homeruns in 4 consecutive at-bats in a single game off of 2 different pitchers at Shibe Park in Philadelphia (1932); Mayor La Guardia orders flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Gehrig (1941)

June 4 -- Gehrig's funeral - buried in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY; the Yankee game that day was cancelled officially for rain, but in reality no true Yankee could play (1941)

June 12 -- Gehrig appeared in a Yankee lineup for the last time, for an exhibition game in Kansas City (1939)

June 13 -- Upon his wife's request, checked into Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for tests to figure out why he was rapidly losing his strength (1939)

June 14 -- Ejected from a game by Bill Summers in Fenway for arguing (he would be ejected from a game only 6 times in his career, 2 more of which would occur in June)

June 15 -- Fielded first during-game grounder in Yankee Stadium (1923)

June 17 -- Hit only minor league grand slam, against Worcester (1924)

June 19 -- Happy birthday, Lou!  Born in New York (1903); Dr. Habein of the Mayo Clinic releases a statement declaring that Gehrig was "suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis" (1939)

June 24 -- Stole a base for the first time in the Majors (1925)...home plate, no less, a feat he would repeat 15 times total, 7 times in June.

June 26 -- Hit 9th-inning grand slam homerun in a high school intercity game against Lane Tech of Chicago (1920)

June 29 -- Knocked unconscious by an intentionally wild pitch from an embittered Ray White (Gehrig had hit a round-tripper his first at-bat) in an exhibition game against Norfolk, VA. Gehrig was taken to the hospital, suffering from a concussion. The next day, Gehrig hit 3 triples and jokingly said, "That beaning...improved my hitting." (1934)

"You would have thought I was going to Zanzibar." -- Lou Gehrig