Lou Gehrig: Before there was an Ivy League, the Iron Horse was a football and baseball star at Columbia. "The Pride of the Yankees" established the standard for both durability in the majors and farewell speeches He was a Yankee even Red Sox fans could respect and admire. In 1925 the Yankees reportedly offered to trade Gehrig to the Red Sox for the immortal Phil Todt, but Boston passed. A lifetime.340 hitter, Gehrig hit 493 steroid-free home runs in his career and had an eye-popping 184 RBI in 1931. His name remains forever linked to raise awareness of the disease (ALS) that took his life in 1939.