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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lou Gehrig's mom helped organize Little League in Milford

Christina Gehrig spent only a short time living in Milford, but quickly became a beloved figure who left a lasting legacy to the city.

Gehrig, mother of New York Yankees’ legend Lou Gehrig, had lost her only child to the deadly disease ALS in 1941. Her husband, Heinrich, died three years later. With no other immediate family, she moved from Mount Vernon, N.Y. to Milford in 1948.

Shortly after arriving, “Mom” Gehrig became involved in organizing the Milford Little League. She sat on the league’s board of directors and attended every meeting.

“Mom” Gehrig was a bit of a national celebrity in the years after 1942 release of “The Pride of the Yankees”, an Academy Award-nominated film in which she was portrayed as an old-fashioned mother who preferred her son become an engineer rather than pursue sports.

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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