This Date in Baseball History – August 17

Lou Gehrig in Thought

On August 17, 1933, the Iron Horse galloped well ahead of the pack, suiting up for his 1,309th consecutive game. Gehrig eventually suited up in 2,130 consecutive games, a streak that would carry to the final game of his career before his sudden retirement due to ALS.

Gehrig went 2-for-5 with an RBI double against Rogers Hornsby’s St. Louis Browns, although the Yankees lost 7-6 in ten innings, squandering a late lead.

Mick Gillispie told the story of Gehrig’s day – and his competition for the longest streak – during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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