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Lou Gehrig Day is on June 2. This annual, league-wide celebration will be a time to not only honor the legacy of this Hall of Fame first baseman but to also raise awareness and funds to fight ALS.
Dan Joseph is a Washington-based journalist, editor and writer, and a senior editor in the Voice of America's central newsroom. He is the author of "Last Ride of the Iron Horse," the first book to examine Lou Gehrig's 1938 season, Gehrig's last full year in the Yankee lineup as he began to battle symptoms of the fatal disease ALS. Dan is also a baseball historian and discovered the audio clip of Gehrig saying that yes, Babe Ruth DID hit a "called shot" home run in the 1932 World Series. Dan has run the Africa desk in the VOA newsroom for more than 15 years, and he previously co-authored (with Harun Maruf) "Inside Al-Shabaab: The Secret History of Al-Qaeda's Most Powerful Ally," a study of the Somalia-based Islamist militant group.