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Known today as the South Lawn, Columbia University sports were played here in the 1920s.Gehrig hit a legendary homer to the journalism building (left) in 1922.

Lou Gehrig played only his sophomore year with Columbia University in 1922 before accepting a New York Yankees contract owing to family hardship. But what a year! As a pitcher (6-3), Gehrig struck out 17 in one game for the Lions and at the plate he hit seven home runs. One South Field blast landed past W116th St. to the Alma Mater and the other bounced in the second floor window of the journalism building where a professor nonchalantly tossed it back out.

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