Lou Gehrig Speech

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease “For, the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth…” This is what Lou Gehrig said in his final speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1938. “When Lou gave that speech tears rolled down his cheek as he gave one of the most memorable speeches in baseball history” said Babe Ruth (Greenberger 82). After that day, Lou knew he would not live to see his fortieth birthday (82).
Lou Gehrig's disease affected him in many ways. Lou Gehrig had a disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (Engdahl 12). ALS is a disease that destroys the nerves in the body so the host loses all bodily movement. ALS is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig's …show more content…

Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the 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? ... "When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that 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 had a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for. Thank you"(Gale). This was his final speech at Yankee stadium, after that, they announced they were bypassing his wait for the Hall of Fame and Lou cried for two minutes. Afterwards he just stayed home because if he could not play, he did not want to watch. (Boothroyd 89). Then on June 2, 1941 The anniversary of when he replaced Wally Pipp in the starting lineup he died, in his sleep, at ten o'clock in the evening and was later buried in Kensico Cemetery, NY. Which was only five blocks from where he lived as a child

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