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ALS Chapter congratulates Jeter

ALS Chapter congratulates Jeter

NEW YORK -- Congratulations poured in from fans and teammates for Derek Jeter on Tuesday night after he passed Lou Gehrig's record for all-time hits at Yankee Stadium.

On Wednesday, he could add one more.

The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, part of the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, recognized Jeter's historic achievement.

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"We congratulate Derek Jeter on this momentous occasion in the storied history of the Yankees," said ALS Association Greater New York Chapter president and CEO Dorine Gordon. "Derek exemplifies all the same traits we admired in Gehrig -- his leadership, strength and perseverance -- and as bearers of Lou Gehrig's namesake, we are proud of him for this accomplishment.

"Lou Gehrig brought great awareness to our cause when he contracted ALS, a disease that now is synonymous with his name, and we continue to work hard to ensure his legacy."

Jeter said Tuesday that it was difficult to fully enjoy the moment because it came with a Yankees loss, but the significance of being mentioned in the same breath as Gehrig was something the captain could truly appreciate.

"He was as consistent as probably any player to ever play the game," Jeter said. "And what he did year in and year out, I think, is something all players admire."

Samantha Newman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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