LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- The Larchmont Historical Society will induct two former residents into Larchmont Luminaries on Sunday: Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig, and best-selling author and publicist Marty Appel at the Village Center at 2:30 p.m.
Gehrig, played baseball for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939. Known as the "Iron Horse," Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood for 65 years. In 1939, he was diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, and died in 1941 ay age 37. He lived with his wife, Eleanor, in the Stonecrest Apartments at 21 Chatsworth Ave.
Appel, who lived in Larchmont for 20 years, is considered the leading authority on the New York Yankees. His twenty books include "Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees From Before the Babe to After the Boss," and the children's version, "Pinstripe Pride."
Appel will speak about his tenure with the New York Yankees as well as his friendship with Gehrig's widow, Eleanor.
Past Larchmont Luminaries honorees have been actor John Barrymore; Academy Award-winning film editor Andrew Mondshein; actor and film producer Mary Pickford; Academy Award-winning film producer Leslie Mondshein; New York Times theater critic Walter Kerr and his wife, author and playwright Jean Kerr; playwright and author David Carlyon; and Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning theatrical producer Barbara Whitman.
For more information, contact LHS Programs Chair Dee van Eyck at 914-834-0449 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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