So Lou Gehrig really died of Joe Frazier’s disease? This is all too confusing.
Should Lou Gehrig’s medical records be unsealed? Some lawmakers in Minnesota think so, and they hope to force the Mayo Clinic to do just that, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The state legislator leading the charge says it could resolve an intriguing theory raised in a 2010 study—that Gehrig didn’t have Lou Gehrig’s disease and instead suffered from repetitive brain trauma brought on by concussions in his playing days.
One problem is that Gehrig has no living relatives, and the Mayo Clinic insists the records should remain private as a result, reports AP. Another is that Gehrig was cremated, so the records may not yield any new insights, as opposed to an autopsy. Two dueling quotes: