Ray Robinson ’41 Honored By ALS Association
Author and sports historian Ray Robinson ’41
received the Jacob Javits Lifetime Achievement Award from The ALS
Association/Greater New York Chapter at its 10th annual Lou Gehrig
[’25] Sports Awards benefit dinner on October 19.
Among Robinson’s books is Iron Horse, a 1991 biography
of Gehrig, who was stricken with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
and died from the disease in 1941. Gehrig played baseball and football
at Columbia before embarking on a Hall of Fame career with the New
York Yankees, for whom he played in 2,130 consecutive games, a Major
League record until broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995.
Others honored at the dinner were New York Giants defensive end
Michael Strahan, former New York Rangers and Boston Bruins great
Phil Esposito and Bucky Dent, the New York Yankees’ 1978 playoff
hero who now manages the Yankees’ Columbus farm team.
Proceeds from the event went to The ALS Association/
Greater New York Chapter. The ALS Association is the only national
not-for-profit voluntary health organization whose sole mission
is to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease;
improve the lives of people with ALS; and advocate issues of importance
to the ALS community.