1931 Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively game

August 18, 2021

1931 Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively game

Lou Gehrig, a member of the New York Yankees, played his 1,000th consecutive game away from home against the Detroit Tigers at Navin Field in Detroit, MI. Lou had played for the Yankees since 1923.

Lou and the Yankees faced Earl Whitehill for nine innings and relief pitcher Tommy Bridges for two innings. Detroit won a close game, with Bridges being credited with the win in the eleventh inning. The final score was 5 to 4 over the Yankees.

Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and the rest of the top of the batting order that day went hitless to the tune of 0 for 19 at-bats, with three strikeouts and two bases on balls. Lou, a first baseman, did not have any errors during the game. Even though the Yankees were strong defensively, they could only produce four runs with nine hits in 11 innings. The Yankees were defeated in the eleventh inning with an RBI from Charlie Gehringer, which topped the Tigers at five runs with 14 hits.

Lou Gehrig would later go on in 1931 to finish second in the Most Valuable Player voting to Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia Athletics. Despite their best efforts, Lou Gehrig and the New York Yankees would finish second to Philadelphia in the America League Pennant and not compete for the World Series.

The scorecard for this game can be found at Baseball Reference.

Attendance: 5000 at Navin Field, Detroit, MI.

Game Duration: 2:44.


  1. Elizabeth Healy

    what was Lou Gerhig’s nick name????

    • Glenn

      Yankee Clipper

  2. Bruce

    You failed to answer Lou Gehrig’s nickname.

  3. Ray Taylor

    I didn’t see what Lou’s nickname was, and the caption is grammatically incorrect.

  4. ยูฟ่า

    By learning to get rid of negativity and embrace the positive, your entire team will benefit.

  5. Richard D Goolsky

    The “Iron Horse”

  6. Carol Worrell

    It’s sad that he came down with ALS which is now also named Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a fatal disease with an unknown cause or cure,


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