Lou Gehrig's Farewell
Lou Gehrig's Farewell Address
On July 24, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered the most famous, and heart-wrenching speech in the history of sports to 62,000 fans at Yankee Stadium.
This amazingly talented yet humble man could no longer play the game he loved, as his symptoms of ALS worsened. Here are his immortal words that moved and saddened an entire nation.
"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break* I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.
I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.
"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that's something.
When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies - that's something. When you have a wonderful
mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their
lives so you can have an education and build your body - it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed - that's the finest I know.
"So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break*, but I've got an awful lot to live for."
- Lou Gehrig
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* We owe it to the "Gehrig's" of the world to find a cure for this bad break.