When the tributes were finished, the year-old Gehrig nearly walked away. I'd like to exchange my body for his during the next 40 or 50 years.
That's all we can do. I have seen him time a ball perfectly, swing on it as hard as he can, meet it squarely — and drive a soft, looping fly over the infield.
In the next day's away game, he was listed in the lineup as "shortstop", batting lead-off. Take the most famous line of the speech: Early life[ edit ] Gehrig was born in at East 94th Street  in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan ;  he weighed almost 14 pounds 6.
At his funeral service on June 4, his Episcopal priest said there would be no eulogy: I would not have traded two minutes of my life with that man for 40 years with another.
The day was July 4, That's partly because only a small snippet of the newsreel footage, only four sentences, has survived. This was where they threw flowers at one another.
Within a decade, a similar testimonial would honor Ruth, who died from cancer in I would not have traded two minutes of my life with that man for 40 years with another.
Barrow read the Mayor [sic] Clinic report that Neighbor Gehrig is suffering from a mild form of chronic infantile paralysis, which has slowed him down considerably afield. Only a handful of collegians were at South Field that day, but more significant was the presence of Yankee scout Paul Krichellwho had been trailing Gehrig for some time.
But he couldn't hit a lick that spring and began stumbling. Later that night, Ed Barrow and his wife, and Babe Ruth and his wife, came by to offer their condolences. Gehrig only got as far, though, as posing for a widely distributed, and embarrassing, photo of himself in a leopard-spotted costume.
Murphy said, "Nice play, Lou. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that's something. Gehrig was visibly shaken as he stepped back from the microphone, and wiped the tears away from his face with his handkerchief.
Lou and Eleanor Gehrig's headstone in Kensico Cemetery the year of his birth was erroneously inscribed as "" Following his retirement from baseball, Lou Gehrig wrote, "Don't think I am depressed or pessimistic about my condition at present".
Before his first semester began, New York Giants manager John McGraw advised him to play summer professional baseball under an assumed name, Henry Lewis, despite the fact that it could jeopardize his collegiate sports eligibility. And this was where the most noble chapter in that noble man's life started -- a chapter the movie left out.
AP Photo Yes, he was the noble Iron Horse, the man who played in 2, straight games, averaged RBIs a year from to and stole home 15 times.
Idol of cheering millions, Records are yours by sheaves; Iron of frame they hailed you Decked you with laurel leaves.
I don't know what it is, but I am satisfied that it goes far beyond his ball-playing. Fortunately, in its 75th anniversary tribute to Gehrig showing at ballparks this week, Major League Baseball chose to preserve the original.
Louis CardinalsGehrig hit. Although almost knocked unconscious, Gehrig remained in the game. He said, 'My God, you know I might be traded at any moment.
Batting helmets were not commonly used until the s. Gehrig had six seasons where he batted. Inhe batted. Inhe batted. Eleanor never remarried and was quoted as saying, "I had the best of it. James Kahn, a reporter who wrote often about Gehrig, said in one article: He even talked with the third-generation proprietor of I.
The effort was abandoned after several leading medical experts explained that a records review would have no value unless correlated with autopsy data. There is a 50—50 chance of keeping me as I am. Between games of the Independence Day doubleheader against the Washington Senators, the poignant ceremonies were held on the diamond.
All seven were eventually elected to the Hall of Fame.Full text and video excerpt of Lou Gehrig Yankee Stadium Farewell Speech. On July 4,a dying Lou Gehrig delivered the Gettysburg Address of baseball. Lou Gehrig’s “farewell speech”, given on July 4th,to more than 62, fans at New York City’s Yankee Stadium, has become a cornerstone in the history of baseball in America.
Lou Gehrig is considered one of the most under-rated sports players of all time. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” MLB video: 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's speech Join Hall of Fame Membership.
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The speech came just after Gehrig had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a progressive, fatal, neurogenerative disease that affects an estimated 20, Americans every year, according to the ALS association.Download