Retired Scientist Suggests Lou Gehrig’s American League RBI Record Has Mistake

by abournenesn

July 12, 2012

Retired Scientist Suggests Lou Gehrig's American League RBI Record Has MistakeLou Gehrig set an American League record in 1931, when he drove in 184 runs. That record has stood ever since.

However, retired chemist Herm Krabbenhoft took another look at the books from that year, and he believes that Gehrig should actually be credited with one more RBI — bringing his record total to 185.

On May 3, 1931, according to Sports Illustrated, Gehrig hit into what should have been a double play with runners on first and third. Gehrig reached base and a run scored, however, when Red Sox second baseman Bobby Reeves threw the ball away.

Under the rules at the time, Gehrig should have been credited for a run batted in, but for reasons unknown, the official scorer did not give it to the Iron Horse.

Krabbenhoft, who has made similar findings in the past, has appealed his case to the Elias Sports Bureau — the official record-keepers of major league baseball — but to no avail. As of now, Gehrig’s total stands at 184.

Thumbnail photo via Facebook/Lou Gehrig

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