In June 1920, neither Lou Gehrig nor any of his baseball teammates at New York's High School of Commerce had ever been west of Newark, N.J.
Yet there they were, eating in a dining car and sleeping in Pullman cars, riding to Chicago to play for the New York-Chicago high school baseball championship at Wrigley Field . . . and shaking hands with a former U.S. president.
It was 17-year-old Lou Gehrig's first trip, and he was rolling to a game that would make him, for the first time, a New York headline figure.
Along the way, the future Yankee and his teammates were introduced to William Howard Taft, former president then serving as chief justice of the Supreme Court, by chance a fellow passenger.